Running Head: ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
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Academic dishonesty can be traced back to the 60’s when almost 75% students at the undergraduate level admitted of cheating. However, even today academic dishonesty is at the same level if not more than what it was in the 60’s. Even though, academic integrity is the fundamental value in education, however, students indulge in cheating and some other type of academic dishonesty. Research shows that as the students level of education increase they tend to get into academic dishonesty more and it starts to decrease after graduation. This has been correlated with many factors; however, the need of scoring decent marks is the biggest factor that makes the students indulge in unethical ways (Schrnelkin, L. 2010). This epidemic has also shifted in the ranks of gifted students, and students of gifted or exceptional students have observed this trend in them. Besides, the need to get good grades, students cheats because they see others cheat (Geddes, K. A. 2011). Moreover, peer pressure is also an important factor contributing to academic dishonesty among students.
In our case, Larry the hard working assistant accountant, wants to get away from the daily grind of work and study which can be very stressful at time. Behind Larry’s behavior of academic dishonesty lies the motivation to enjoy and relax with his family, which most of us wants to do most of the time. However, it is important that we make ethical decisions, and give weight age to the things that are more important in our lives. In Larry’s case, his future depends on his studies, he has only 4 courses to go for his bachelor’s after which he will get a promotion in his job. Rather than going on a nice little vacation, Larry should have prioritized, and should have had given more importance in completing his paper.
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