Cheating: A Question of Integrity

Posted: September 30, 2011 in Features...

(Posted from Smartschools homepage:)

According to a 2005 survey conducted by the Center for Academic Integrity, 70 percent of the 50,000 student-respondents admitted to some type of cheating. Almost one-quarter of the participants said they had cheated on a serious test in the past year, and half admitted to plagiarizing on one or more assignments.

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Students perceived cheating as an easy way to get ahead. They think it is a social phenomenon induced by academic pressures. Their desire to secure the best grades overshadows the learning process, and their goals become very simple: get in, get the grades, and get out.

Whatever the reason – be it laziness, academic/peer pressure, lax school policies – you, as teacher, should not tolerate cheating. To stop cheating, we encourage you to be extra observant during exams. In some schools, cellular phones and other electronic devices are no longer allowed during class, as these may be used as tools to cheat.

But more than policing dishonesty, you should first and foremost promote the value of ‘integrity’.

You should instill in your students that learning, knowledge, values and ethics are more important than just getting by or getting better good grades.

When learning is highly valued, there is little incentive to cheat.


Brown Bridget. “Test takers finding new ways to cheat”. 04 Dec 2006.
Slobogin Kathy. “Survey: Many students say cheating’s OK”.



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