Honesty Is the Best Policy

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Honesty is the Best Policy:
Academic Dishonesty and Ways to Promote Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty dates back thousands of years. Many methods of cheating exist in the school environment, and with modern technology advances, high-tech options only promote the proliferation of academic dishonesty. According to Scanlan (2006), more than 80% of college students feel cheating is essential to get ahead. Given how wide-spread this problem has become, many universities are seeking creative ways to stem the tide of dishonesty at school. Although there can be as many causes of academic dishonesty as different ways to cheat, many students and colleges prefer to seek methods which encourage high levels of academic integrity, thereby providing quality education and instilling a lifelong value of honesty.


Effects of Academic Dishonesty

The effects of academic dishonesty can be wide-ranging. When a college student is caught cheating, there can be many sanctions the college can take against the student. These can be as basic as having students attend counseling sessions or the assignment of a standard grade reduction. While these methods can have an affect on some students, the overall perception is that students who only end up in counseling or have their grade reduced truly ended up circumventing the system after all. This only encourages more students to cheat because the penalty is not perceived as severe enough. Having an academic hearing to review the evidence and agree on a punishment is another way universities deal with academic dishonesty. If a student progresses through these stages and continues to cheat, expulsion from school could be the final punishment in the academic environment.

In addition to what can happen to the dishonest college students' academic career, many implications can exist for his or her life...
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