The Ethics Of Academic Misconduct

1192 Words Apr 12th, 2015 5 Pages
Academic misconduct is a very sensitive issue and my personal views have oscillated during my scholastic activities. Since childhood parents instill good virtues such as don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t misuse and don’t break trust amongst other morals. Academic integrity is intrinsically against all the principles we were brought up on, then why is it so common? Is it partly because we don’t categorize plagiarism as cheating or is it because of the prevalent occurrences: that everybody does it so why not me? The answers vary depending on type of dishonesty, for example deliberate deception when using a person’s distinct ideas or words without acknowledgment should be far greater offense than students working on a homework assignment who don’t realize they are indulging in misconduct.
I believe humans always find a way to adapt to the conditions they are engulfed in. Today the level of competition is higher than ever. The human race is growing exponentially and our reliance on computers and robotics is snowballing, thus creating a considerable void in some job sectors. Development and aptitude is now being measured quantitatively - what was the GDP % growth? What was your GPA? The emphasis on how did you attain the growth rate or how did you achieve the grades is somewhat being relinquished. In this fast paced world, the circumstances are forcing us to be more result driven rather than questioning the effort and dedication. Obviously smart students are bound to excel in any…
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