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Cheating is risky business — but college students continue to do it. Take a look at what’s motivating them. In The Real College Guide, David Replogle looked at studies and individual professor’s experiences with cheating and came up with these findings:
- “It’s not my fault” — A 2006 study from the Iowa State College of Business found students placed the blame on their professors. Students said questions shouldn’t be asked if the answers are available on the Internet. They also believed professors should take it as a given that students will help each other out on assignments.
- “Everyone does it” — This was the response from some students in the Iowa study. An MIT professor explored the issue on his own and found many students cheat “a little bit,” rather than a handful of students who cheat a lot.
- “It’s so easy to cheat” — Cell phones, BlackBerries, laptops … Technology has made it easier than ever to cheat. Take-home test? No problem — just download the answers or essays from an online source.
- “Gotta keep up my GPA” — College courses can be demanding and students feel the pressure. A typical student may be juggling school work, a part-time job, on-campus activities and a social life. You have to be made of strong moral stuff to resist the urge to copy and paste your answers from a Web site.
The real question is: From a student’s perspective, are the reasons against cheating more compelling than the reasons defending it?
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below.
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