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Academic Cheating: Is it a Nationwide Problem?

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Academic cheating has been on the rise in the past years. Technology, pressure for high grades and the widespread acceptance of cheating among younger people have caused a rise in this phenomenon.

Academic cheating is defined as representing someone else’s work as your own. This includes sharing your work, purchasing answers and paying another to do work for you.

Multiple cases of mass cheating have been reported, spanning from small scale cheating in high school’s to large scale scandals at colleges like Harvard and the Air Force Academy.

In the Harvard scandal in August of 2012, it came to the attention that a previous graduating class had a large amount of plagiarism and copied answers. In the article, a sophomore student was interviewed and said “I am kind of shocked [about the cheating], but I’m not.”

More and more students are accepting cheating as a moral and acceptable thing to do. “I think a lot of people think cheating is okay, and that our definition of cheating is a lot different than what teachers would say,” says senior Heather Thomson.

Students are not likely to report cheating because they don’t want to “tattle” or “rat someone out.”

In a recent Stanford study on cheating, most cases of cheating were of students who were A students, pushed to cheat because of pressures of keeping good grades. The study said, “Cheating no longer carries the stigma that it used to. Less social disapproval coupled with increased competition for admission into universities and graduate schools has made students more willing to do whatever it takes to get the A.”

And grades, rather than the education itself, have become the primary focus to most students. Sophomore Apryl Carbonel said, “Passing a class is more important to students rather than actually understanding.”

“There are students at the top who cheat to thrive,” says Donald L. McCabe, a professor at the Rutgers University Business School and a leading researcher on cheating.

Through a quick google search on “How to Cheat,” you can find multiple websites and resources using anything from school supplies to mobile devices. Students mentioned having group chats and other means of contacting and sharing information and assignments.
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The amount of students willing to cheat is at an all time high. 80-98% of college students admitted to cheating at some point in their high school career.

Students also feel that they can get away with cheating because rules or regulations are not clear and they have done so in the past. More than half the students involved in the same Stanford study, said that “they don’t think cheating is a big deal – and most did not get caught.” In Steilacoom High School’s Handbook, it states that cheating or any act of plagiarism will lead to one or more of the following: a conference, detention, confiscation (of cheating materials etc) and suspension.

Students at Steilacoom High School were asked if they think that Steilacoom has a problem with cheating. Sophomore Chloe Lippert said, “Yes, because people don’t want to fail.”
Academic cheating is not accepted in the educational world. Although students may engage in cheating, it is extremely discouraged and there are consequences for those who cheat.

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