Title

Reasons Not to Cheat, Academic-Integrity Responsibility, and Frequency of Cheating

Abstract

The authors investigated the relations among reasons students gave for why they would not cheat in response to a cheating vignette, self-reported cheating, and the extent to which students take responsibility for promoting academic integrity. The authors surveyed 1,086 graduate and undergraduate students. Students who said they would not cheat because of punitive consequences were more likely to report that they cheated in classes and took less responsibility for promoting academic integrity. Students whose reasons related to the value of learning, personal character, and/or it being simply not right reported less cheating and took more responsibility for academic integrity. Academic-integrity responsibility correlated with less cheating. Results are discussed in terms of the effectiveness of punishment and the significance of internalizing integrity standards.

Department(s)

Psychology

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/00220970903567830

Keywords

academic dishonesty, academic integrity, achievement motivation, cheating, moral reasoning

Publication Date

2011

Journal Title

The Journal of Experimental Education 79

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