by Margaret Gaylord
Master’s Student, University of Florida
Academic dishonesty has reached epidemic proportions, starting as early as middle school. Cheating is a complicated problem, not just explained away by a lazy student. The good news is that educators can be a critical part of education and prevention for their students on this subject.
Honors students, weak students, low GPA students, high GPA students, students of color, students who are white, middle class students. In a phrase, all types of students.
We have seen evidence of cheating in places we would not expect: Harvard and the Air Force Academy, to name two. The point is, there is no typical student that can be identified as a chronic cheater. More effectively, instructors can find ways to reduce the incidence of cheating through practical changes in their own classrooms.
by Julie Dodd
Every college instructor is concerned about that issue.
We want to evaluate each of our students on his/her own work. We want students developing standards of ethical behavior to carry forward into their professional and personal lives.
What can we do to promote academic honesty? And what can we do if we discover academic dishonesty?
Strategy #1 – Determine what your educational institution has in place to help you as an instructor.
At the University of Florida, the Dean of Students Office provides that support.
UF students are required to sign the Student Honor Code that lists and explains a range of inappropriate academic behavior, including plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration.
UF has an established process for addressing honor code violations. The guidelines are very clear that the instructor must contact the Dean of Students Office to report any academic dishonesty issue. The Dean of Students Office provides a form for reporting violations and has a Student Hearing Committee and review process for a student who has more than one violation.
by Jasper Fessmann
Ph.D. student, University of Florida
Academic dishonesty invokes in most teacher “copy and paste” plagiarism or attempts to cheat on tests. Unfortunately, these are things that will sooner or later be an issue encountered by any university teacher. While these are the most common types of problems, these are by far not the only issues.
The University of Florida Student Honor Code lists the following 12 offenses:
- Unauthorized Use of Materials or Resources (“Cheating”)
- Prohibited Collaboration or Consultation
- False or Misleading Statement Relating to a Student Honor Code Violation
- False or Misleading Statement for the Purpose of Procuring an Academic Advantage (“Lying”)
- Use of Fabricated or Falsified Information (“making things up”)
- Interference with or Sabotage of Academic Activity (of others in order to “get ahead”)
- Unauthorized Taking or Receipt of Materials or Resources to Gain an Academic Advantage (e.g. “stealing tests from the professor’s office”)
- Unauthorized Recordings
- Submission of Paper or Academic Work Purchased or Obtained from an Outside Source
- Conspiracy to Commit Academic Dishonesty