True Confessions?: Alumni's Retrospective Reports on Undergraduate Cheating Behaviors

TitleTrue Confessions?: Alumni's Retrospective Reports on Undergraduate Cheating Behaviors
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsYardley, J, Rodriguez, MD, Bates, SC, Nelson, J
JournalEthics & Behavior
Date Published2009
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10508422
KeywordsAcademic , CHEATING , COLLEGE , ethics , student , STUDENTS
AbstractCollege cheating is prevalent, with rates ranging widely from 9 to 95% (Whitley, 1998). Research has been exclusively conducted with enrolled college students. This study examined the prevalence of cheating in a sample of college alumni, who risk less in disclosing academic dishonesty than current students. The vast majority of participants (81.7%) report having engaged in some form of cheating during their undergraduate career. The most common forms of cheating were “copying from another student's assignment” and “allowing others to copy from your assignment.” More students reported cheating in classes for their major than other classes. Males and females cheated at the same rates in classes for their major, and males reported higher rates of cheating than females in nonmajor classes. Respondents reported that their top reasons for cheating were “lack of time” and “to help a friend.” 
NotesYardley, Jennifer 1 Rodriguez, Melanie Domenech 1; Email Address: Bates, Scott C. 1 Nelson, Johnathan 2; Affiliation: 1: Utah State University, Logan, Utah 2: George Mason University; Source Info: Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: CHEATING (Education); Subject Term: COLLEGE students -- Conduct of life; Subject Term: STUDENT ethics; Subject Term: STUDENTS -- Social conditions; Subject Term: ETHICS; Author-Supplied Keyword: academic dishonesty; Author-Supplied Keyword: cheating; Author-Supplied Keyword: college students; Number of Pages: 14p; Illustrations: 2 Charts; Document Type: Article