A Brief Note On The And Academic Integrity

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Ethicality and Academic Integrity
The claim is made, frequently, that failures of academic integrity (we shall soon discuss the proper terminology) are not, strictly speaking, unethical. This claim is made on a variety of foundations. Some will claim that as they are customers and the university their contractor, it is up to them to dictate the terms of their relationship, that is, because they are the ones paying money, it is up to them to decide how they should interact with the university. Others will claim that they are not really hurting anyone (usually defining “anyone” as their fellow students) or that the harm they inflict is sufficiently minor as to be negligible. Still others may claim that they are doing the best they can to ensure their survival within a broken system, and that the brokenness of the higher education system is sufficient ethical grounds for subverting that very system. In this paper, we shall grant these students one of their chief suppositions: that in order for something to be wrong, there must be some real harm – but we will also go further than this. We will not show merely that there is harm, but that the harm that arises from academic dishonesty is without justification ethically speaking. In short, we will demonstrate that there is harm that arises from academic dishonesty; that this harm affects: 1) the person cheating, 2) the fellow students of the cheater, 3) the university at which the student is cheating, and 4) the general public;…
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