Essay on What is Cheating and Why Cheating is Bad?

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Introduction - What is Cheating and Why Cheating is Bad?
In this paper, we discuss how academic dishonesty in general and what role if any, the structure and teaching of courses – as a part of business management curriculum in particular – plays, in curbing that dishonesty.
Cheating can be defined as any act of academic dishonesty and is encountered in various forms. There has been extensive research [Whitley, 1998] to analyze fraudulent exercises- especially in undergraduate school setting. 72% students report to have taken part in at least one form of fraudulent exercise. Such activities range from fraudulent excuse making (in order to delay the beginning or end of academic tasks) to “copy-and-paste” plagiarism to cheating during
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We conclude the discussion by suggesting possible means and approaches to curb the cheating.
Demographics of Cheating
While cheating in an academic setting is commonplace and persistent in collages in United States [McCabe, 1996] both the type and the frequency of cheating by students vary widely. Demographics of cheating based on the race and the gender are at the best appears to be a mixed bag. Cheating among males and female students is almost evenly split. Asians (6.4%) were far less likely to cheat than African-American(8.1%) or Caucasians(74%)[Meghee, 2008 and Lawson 2004].
Upon examining cheating based on academic streams, business students were found to be far more likely to cheat than any other graduate students [Meghee, 2008]. Specifically, Business students were far more likely to cheat during the exam than other professions [Klien, 2007]. It is further interesting to note that students from Tier 1 business schools are less likely to cheat than Tier 2 business schools students.[Premeaux, 2005]
Klien [2007] and Ameen et.al [1996] further argue that graduate students from business and accounting professions are more likely to cheat in their professions (outside academic setting) if they would have cheated during their graduate studies.
Effect of Inclusion of Courses on Ethics in Business Education
It is found that including courses on business ethics as required courses during graduate business school, has at best, mixed effect on incidents of

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