Academic Dishonesty : Cheating And Plagiarism

1899 Words May 26th, 2016 8 Pages
There are myriad examples in academic history that one could identify that not only tarnished the reputations of the culprits but also sullied the reputation of the institution as to where they were a part of. Furthermore, there are many different types of academic violations: cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, etc. These distinct infractions have greater effects on the represented institution economically, socially, and holistically than those imposed on the offenders themselves. In order to truly understand the wide gamut of such effects, this paper will focus on three case studies that cover the two most popular choices of academic dishonesty: cheating and plagiarism. The first case study is concerning the infamous Harvard cheating scandal in 2012, in which around 125 students were investigated for cheating on a final examination. The second regards another large-scale incident of 28 high school sophomores in a Piper, Kansas. These students plagiarized from the Internet on a botany project. The third actually holds not the student, but the teacher at fault for changing answers to standardized tests. This last area of teachers kindling the cheating process actually will involve three different schools with similar incidents. Nevertheless, it is more appropriate to focus on the effects of cheating in a more traditional setting, that being the Harvard case.

According to The Harvard Crimson, the administrators of Harvard announced a cheating scandal that was more…
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