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Do Students At Your College Cheat?

September 27, 2011 by Geneva Reid
Posted in: Special Report


With every advancement in technology, students are finding more ways to cheat. But there are strategies — that actually work — to combat it. The stats for cheating in college paint a pretty clear — and depressing — picture.

While only 20% of college students said they cheated in 1940, the range is now between 75% and 98%, according to NoCheating.org.

Some noteworthy facts:

  • Students most likely to cheat are those majoring in engineering and business.
  • Each year, up to 98% of college students say they’ve cheated at some point in their academic careers.
  • Cheating usually starts in middle school, with more than 60% saying they’ve cheated on exams and 90% admitting to copying someone else’s homework.

And even though cheating seems to have spawned a business empire of its own, don’t despair.

Here are some strategies from FacultyFocus.com that have been shown to make a difference:

  • Create an honor code: These codes create a campus culture of integrity and believe it or not, they seem to make a difference. According to the Huffington Post, research for the past 40 years points to the existence of an honor code as a key factor in how pervasive cheating is at a given college.
  • Make it a required discussion: Since 2006, Notre Dame undergrads have had to pass an online honor code orientation before they’re allowed to complete class registration.  The point: Don’t assume students know the importance of academic integrity – and the consequences of not adhering to certain standards of behavior at your school.
  • Give it to them loud and clear: If you haven’t worked directly with students, the concept that “they might not know what constitutes cheating” sounds crazy. However, this cut-and-paste generation definitely has blurred the lines about what’s cheating and what isn’t. So spell it out. Whether it’s a class, a tutorial or an orientation, use real examples of what constitutes cheating.

How does your college deal with the issue of cheating? Let us know in the comments section below.

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