Academic Dishonesty In Higher Education

1670 Words7 Pages
Question 1 Academic integrity and its corollary academic dishonesty have always been paramount to the value and meaning associated with a post-secondary degree from an institution of higher education. The academic dishonesty crises described in the prompt is a critical issue for higher education on multiple fronts. The first being that students are coming into higher education with K-12 backgrounds that have both inadequately prepared them for the rigor of college as well as not emphasized the importance of doing your own work. The next front is that of plagiarism, and complete disregard for the formal rules laid out by organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) on how to reference others information in your work. The last front with this issue is that of peer encouragement to “bend the rules.” Students will continue to break rules and plagiarize materials along as their peers encourage this behavior, regardless of the academic honor codes. There is a reason that the colloquial phrase “it’s only cheating if you get caught” is a phrase that can be heard amongst college classrooms. Question 2 Academic dishonesty is also an issue because it ultimately undermines the hard work that so many students do who are following the policies and guidelines set in place. It is both unethical and immoral to “cheat the system” or “bend the rules.” In thinking of moral development, the first moral development theory that comes to mind regarding the academic
Open Document