Academic Dishonesty

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Academic dishonesty or what is commonly referred to as cheating is a widespread problem in the higher institutions of learning in the US. It is not only unethical but also undesirable and it happens frequently. In the previous meetings held by the specialty boards in the American Board of Family Medicine abbreviated as ABMS, it was found that the medical sector is not safe from academic dishonesty. As a result, there are various professional and moral implications attributed to the practice. In fact, medicine is a highly ethical field that calls for utmost honesty and morality. As alleged by Gregory, academic dishonesty is “any action that violates the rules for administering a test, any behavior that gives an examinee an unfair advantage…show more content…
These students often miss classes and abuse drugs as their dishonesty guarantees them satisfactory academic performance (Royal and James 275). Individuals with a poor character are more likely to take part in unethical behavior in the work place. In effect, this has a negative impact in the medical sector that requires the health care practitioners to have high levels of morality and honesty. According to Davis et al., “the poor character of students may have detrimental effects on their performance in the work place as individuals that cheat in their studies have no respect for the established ethical and legal standards in the health care sectors” (43). In essence, dishonesty leads to poor performance in one’s future career as their qualifications in given areas are misrepresented; therefore, they are assigned tasks that they cannot handle placing the lives of the patients at…show more content…
There are two major effects of the practices based on this perspective. First, the students are convinced that despite the fact that they will not work hard at school, they are guaranteed high scores because of cheating. This notion is flawed as dishonesty is wrong and unethical and gives them an unfair advantage over other students. The second argument is that it discourages the students that work hard in their studies since there are others that get better scores in examinations and tests through cheating (Royal and James 275). Indeed, academic dishonesty lowers the levels of motivation among students. They fail to attend class, study effectively, and conduct significant research because of low levels of motivation. The students are not motivated to read as they are assured of passing by employing different cheating
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