Cheating is being recognized in higher education in a variety of ways:
1. Cheating increases in a small but linear rate with time at the university,
2. Cheating is highest among international students, fraternities, and sororities,
3. Many instructors never discuss academic integrity,
4. Penalties and definitions of cheating vary widely among faculty members,
5. Some faculty have resorted to publicly humiliating cheaters,
6. Difficulties with navigating reporting systems cause many cheating cases to go unreported,
7. More students cheat on homework than on exams, and
8. Cheating by students appears to be positively correlated with parents' education.
Researchers did not provide a solution to the cheating epidemic in higher education. But, they did suggest that communication and setting clear expectations was critical.
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Eighty-four percent of students at a public research university believe students who cheat should be punished, yet two of every three admit to having cheated themselves. Most of the cheating students admit to involves homework, not tests, and they see academic misconduct applying differently to those two kinds of work.
These findings were part of a study presented here this week at the annual convention of NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education. Depending on how much you buy into the “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” theory – the idea, for which this session was named, that faculty believe students are “just a bunch of cheaters” – the findings may or may not come as a surprise.