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Academic Integrity: How Widespread is Cheating and Plagiarism?

McCabe, Donald L
June 4, 2015

Source: (2004) In David R. Karp and Thom Allena, eds., Restorative Justice on the College Campus: promoting student growth and responsibility, and reawakening the spirit of campus community. Springfield, Ill. : C.C. Thomas. Pp. 124-135.

Academic cheating and plagiarism are widespread and increasing problems on college campuses, state the authors of this chapter. In view of this situation, the authors examine the recent literature on academic integrity. Specifically, they focus on the prevalence and growth of college cheating and ways in which college administrators, faculty, and students are attempting to respond to the problem. To describe and substantiate the problem, they use data from a survey of over 18,000 students and 2,600 faculty conducted at 23 colleges and universities in the United States during the 2002-2003 academic year. The first part of the chapter presents relevant data from this survey on the prevalence of cheating. The second part describes various approaches on college campuses to deal with the problem: the deterrence approach; the ethical community-building approach; honor codes; and recent developments in college responses.


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