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Cheating in College

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September 2012



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Cheating in College

Why Students Do It and What Educators Can Do about It

Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and the college years are a critical period for their development of ethical standards. Cheating in College explores how and why students cheat and what policies, practices, and participation may be useful in promoting academic integrity and reducing cheating.

The authors investigate trends over time, including internet-based cheating. They consider personal and situational explanations, such as the culture of groups in which dishonesty is more common (such as business majors) and social settings that support cheating (such as fraternities and sororities). Faculty and administrators are increasing their efforts to promote academic honesty among students. Orientation and training sessions, information on college and university websites, student handbooks that describe codes of conduct, honor codes, and course syllabi all define cheating and establish the consequences.

Based on the authors’ multiyear, multisite surveys, Cheating in College quantifies and analyzes student cheating to demonstrate why academic integrity is important and to describe the cultural efforts that are effective in restoring it.

Donald L. McCabe is a professor of management and global business at the Rutgers Business School. Kenneth D. Butterfield is an associate professor in Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship at Washington State University. Linda K. Treviño is a professor of organizational behavior at Pennsylvania State University.

"Clear perspectives and recommendations are stated with authority. This is the definitive book on the topic."

"The information on cheating is beneficial to all individuals working in higher education."

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