Consequences of a College Student Cheating on Exams

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Cheating is as old as any unethical conduct one can think of. It has existed for decades for several different reasons, and exists in many different forms. And, just like every other unethical decision, cheating has evolved over time and so have the methods of cheating, and the related consequences of cheating. Cheating on exams used to involve simple and obvious gestures like craning the neck to peek at the answers of the student sitting next to you, switching papers across tables, passing notes under the tables, writing notes in the palm of one’s hand or on one’s shirt sleeve. Today, cheating is not as obvious and easy to detect as it used to be. This, of course, is mainly because students currently study in a technologically advanced environment with vast availability of information online – essays, articles, and so on – making it much easier and convenient for students to cheat without thinking of the consequences of getting caught. There are several reasons why students cheat on exams, the most common reason being the desire to pass their required courses with an acceptable grade point average. The grade point average is usually the yard stick used to measure academic success and acceptability in the world outside of college these days. In such cases college students can turn to perfect essay. Almost every employer seeks jobseekers fresh out of college based on their academic performance among other things. Students seeking admission to graduate school may find that a minimum grade point average is required, and they may find themselves under pressure to cheat if they see no other way to make the required grades. Cheating occurs when a student is involved in exam practices that are considered unacceptable according to the standards set by an examiner or by school policy. So that, where it may be acceptable in one case to read your notes during an exam (open-book exam), it may be totally unacceptable and considered cheating in a different setting...
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