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A Qualitative Analysis of College Students' Perceptions of Academic Integrity on Campus

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Based on the data in this study, it appears that it is not a lack of awareness of the academic policy guidelines on campus that is contributing to the prevalence of cheating, but rather a lack of enforcement that is the main problem. In fact, many students expressed the belief that if the consequences are effectively communicated and enforced along with the guidelines then that will have a far greater impact than a policy alone. Most students also felt that the faculty had to get more involved and that they were responsible for encouraging a cheat-free environment. As one student said, "...Other professors pay a lot of attention to cheating and emphasize the consequences of it and I do strongly believe that in those classes cheating is extremely minimal if even inexistent." Two of the most important conclusions of this analysis are: first, faculty members need to enforce the standards of academic integrity more strictly and when the dishonesty is uncovered the punishment should follow without failure. Second, students should be made partners in prevention and detection of academic cheating. Moreover, some interesting suggestions made by students are: offer rewards for informing the cheating and provide easy & anonymous access to reporting mechanism for students to report such cheating.




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