Academic Dishonesty: Internet Cheating

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Academic Dishonesty: Internet Cheating
August 19, 2012
Dr. Gregory W. Dlabach, Ed.D

Academic Dishonesty
Academic dishonesty is an “intentional act of fraud” by which a student claims credit for the work of another without authorization (Pincus & Schmelkin, 2003). These intentional acts fall into these classification, plagiarism, cheating, and academic misconduct.

Plagiarism is the intentional act of presenting work as though it where their own. Examples of plagiarism include; failing to provide citations as acknowledgement of the source, presenting someone else’s work as his own, and buying or selling any material used fraudulently as part of an assignment.

Cheating is the act of giving, receiving any information not endorsed by the instructor. This includes copying from another student, assuming another’s identity, and using any device not authorized by the instructor during an examination to obtain answers.

Other forms of academic misconduct include falsifying official records, tampering with school records, fabricating data, and knowingly furnishing false information, Internet Cheating
The Internet has become an important educational tool. Just like any tool, improper use leads to abuse. Many students and universities have made proper use of the Internet for educational purposes and have established proper safe guards against academic dishonesty.

According to a 2003 country-wide research study that included 23 private universities and college, Internet dishonesty is on the rise (Jones, 2011). Since 2000 Internet use has increased 152% (Jones, 2011). With this increase in use, more students have Internet access and access to a wider spectrum of information. Many students are of the belief that they do not need to give proper credit when the information if found on the Internet that it is public record.

One survey suggests that up to 67% of the students surveyed would plagiarize an assignment (Jones, 2011). Methods of Internet...
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