College Students and Academic Dishonesty

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College Student Journal


Students at a medium-size state university in the Southeast were surveyed regarding their attitudes and behaviors about learning. Three hundred and forty-five students (52.8 percent) indicated they had never committed any acts of academic dishonesty. Students who possessed an "academic ethic" were less likely to commit acts of academic dishonesty and earned higher grade point averages. A variety of factors including sex, grade point average, race, social class, fraternity/sorority membership, major, paid employment, and those variables associated with the academic ethic were assessed for their influence on academic dishonesty. The higher one's classification the more likely one would engage in acts of academic dishonesty. The more students watch television and the more they participate in student clubs or groups the more likely they are to commit acts of academic dishonesty. The implications of the findings are discussed.