Cheating in College
Is cheating wrong? Some may think that cheating is only bad if the students are caught.
However, colleges across the nation do believe that it is very wrong and discipline the college students who cheat. If a student is tempted to cheat, he or she really needs to think about the consequences of his or her actions.
Cheating can result in failing a class or even forfeiting a degree. This can mean loss of a great deal of money to the student and possibly the student's parents, not to mention the embarrassment of being caught. In addition, the consequences of cheating in college can be far reaching as they can result in bad recommendations for future jobs.
High School Cheaters to College Cheaters
Lawrence M. Hinman reported in the The Washington Post, "How to Fight College Cheating" that 74% of high school students admit to cheating on one or more tests. Cheating in high school can sometimes result in a repeat performance in college. Does this mean that more college students will be cheating in the future?
In addition, electronic devices such as cell phones and PDAs are making easier to cheat on tests or homework. Students can find many papers online for free or for a price at a variety of websites.
Only time will tell if more college students will cheat. However, to understand why the number of college students who cheat, one must understand what motivates them.
Why College Students Cheat
If the consequences are detrimental to a student's reputation and bank account, why would a college student cheat? The root of the cheating problem can quite possibly be traced back to about three main reasons:
- it is easier to cheat than to do the work
- the pressure for good grades is stronger than the resistance to do the right thing
Now, of course there are more reasons than the three listed. However, many students will be able to identify with these three reasons. Whatever the reason for college students cheating, they need to understand the consequences, and that college instructors are taking many precautions to catch students who plagiarize their papers or even copy answers.
Catching the Cheaters
A whole industry or websites have sprung up to help college instructors catch plagiarism. However, there is just as much energy going into beating the system. Instructors have many tools at their disposal to catch the plagiarizers and cheaters. The website Shambles.net explains how each tool works and many of them are free to use.
In addition to catching student plagiarizing in their papers, there are also tools to help catch students who are online cheaters. Now that so many classes are offered online, the temptation to cheat may be even greater.