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Maintaining Academic Honesty
June 27, 2013
Maintaining Academic Honesty
Academic honesty has been of growing concern throughout educational institutions worldwide. The Internet has become a key resource in the growth of plagiarism. Academic honesty refers to the process of learning in an upright and fair manner. This manner is free from any forms of fraud and/or deceit of any form (Whitley, 2001).
Academic honesty has been an issue of concern that dates as far back to the introduction of examinations. Cheating has always existed, however, the various forms of cheating has evolved through the many avenues of technology that currently exist today. There are many forms of academic dishonesty, such as plagiarism, copyright infringement, double dipping, and collusion. The Internet has become a rapid transit with students of every age and gender. It has made an all-time high within students in college, online and traditional classroom settings (Boehm, Justice & Weeks, 2009).
Academic dishonesty comes in many shapes and disguises. The most widely used of academic dishonesty is plagiarism. Plagiarism is one individual claiming work that has already been written by another and failing to cite or paraphrase the work. With the influx of online learning available, the gateway for students to proceed through it and become dishonest and deceitful has exacerbated than those students who have chosen the traditional classroom setting (Everson, 2011).
The worldwide web produces hundreds of websites that offer essays, both prewritten and tailor-made, term papers, thesis’s, and book reports. Some of the websites lead students in believing they are research based, when in actuality they are sites with pre-written papers there for the taking or for a nominal fee. It is estimated that 30% of students plagiarize on all of their papers (Boehm, Justice & Weeks, 2009). Unethical behavior can begin in high school and 80% of the students on the road to college have cheated in some form at least once (Boehm, Justice & Weeks, 2009).
Online learning has the potential of creating an environment in which cheating and plagiarizing is rampant. Some argue that those students who make the moral choice not to participate in cheating have a higher virtue of academic character (Staats, Hupp & Hagley, 2008). These tools can be either a student’s best friend or worst enemy. The Internet has made academic dishonesty an easy venture for many. At the present time it is easier than ever to find work that belongs to other people on any topic of choice and pass it off as their own.
Many individuals seek to obtain that goal in receiving a college degree. Because of the rising of students needing to earn a living and wanting to achieve that goal, online learning has reached an all-time high (Klein, 2007). Online learning is achieved through motivation, dedication, and good old hard work. Teamwork is a necessity in the online learning environment. The resources available through the Internet and library are a plethora of information that is out there. Maintaining academic honesty is honorable and an important part of online learning.
Essays, papers, and assignments are the main tools used in an online learning environment. It has become easier and easier for students to copy and paste another students work and claim it as their own. Integrity needs to be an individual’s best friend. Citing work and referencing the original authors will eliminate any questions or concerns regarding whether or not the work is original work that has been done (Soles, 2009). The University of Phoenix posts their policy regarding academic integrity along with the tools accessible for a student to use to avoid any concerns.
The University of Texas has written reports that state...
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