Cheating in college: Why students do it and what educators can do about it

Donald L. McCabe, Kenneth D. Butterfield, Linda K. Treviño

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Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and the college years are a critical period for their ethical development. Cheating in College explores how and why students cheat and what policies, practices, and participation may be useful in promoting academic integrity and reducing cheating. The authors investigate trends over time, including internet-based cheating. They consider personal and situational reasons and the culture of groups where dishonesty is more common (such as business majors) and social settings that support cheating (such as fraternities and sororities). Faculty and administrators are increasing their efforts to promote academic honesty among students. Orientation and training sessions, information on college and university websites, chapters in student handbooks that describe codes of conduct, honor codes, and course syllabi all define cheating and establish the consequences. Based on the authors' multiyear, multisite surveys, Cheating in College quantifies and analyzes student cheating to demonstrate why academic integrity is important and the cultural efforts that are effective in restoring it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
Number of pages225
ISBN (Print)1421407167, 9781421407166
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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