Academic Honesty - Essay 3

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In reading and researching the topic of academic honesty and integrity I have found that there are varying views on what is considered cheating, and that cheating occurs in all academic levels and fields of study. Interestingly business students do not believe that cheating is as serious as students in other fields. I also found that there are many parties that are responsible for teaching students why academic honesty and integrity are so important. The key to teaching this important value is to start when children enter the educational system and for higher education learning institutions to continue the expectation and education of honesty and integrity. Importance of Maintaining Academic Honesty An important factor when looking at…show more content…
They are required to take religion classes. Maybe they have better moral values than students at secular universities and colleges. So a key question regarding academic honesty and integrity is, whose job is it to teach honesty and integrity in an academic setting? Hall and Kuth (1998) suggest that “an academic honor code will not have the intended effect without the endorsement of and widespread support by the faculty.” (p.13). Research by Hall and Kuth (1998) also indicates it is the responsibility of the institution to “promote the importance of academic integrity, clearly articulate their academic integrity policies, disseminate these policies widely, discuss the policies frequently, and have systematic procedures in place for addressing related issues (McCabe & Trevino, 1993).” (p.13) I do not believe it is the colleges and universities alone that need to teach honesty and integrity. They need to implement courses and policies and codes. They need to expect students to follow these codes and policies, and should have a clear cut system to make sure they are being abided by. The consequences of breaking these rules of honest conduct should be dealt with immediately and fairly. But teaching an important characteristic like honesty needs to start before one goes to college. Parents need to start when their children are young. They need to teach them the value of honesty and integrity. They need to place value on hard work and persistence. They need to accept
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