Attitudes Toward Cheating Before and After the Implementation of a Modified Honor Code: A Case Study

TitleAttitudes Toward Cheating Before and After the Implementation of a Modified Honor Code: A Case Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRoig, M, Marks, A
JournalEthics & Behavior
Volume16
Issue2
Pagination163-171
ISSN Number1050-8422
AbstractA sample of students from a private, multicampus, midsize university completed 2 copies of Gardner and Melvin's (1988) Attitudes Toward Cheating Scale a semester before the implementation of a modified honor code. The authors instructed students to complete 1 copy of the scale according to their own opinions and the other copy according to what they thought would be the opinion of a "typical college professor." During the following semester when the honor code went into effect, the authors recruited a second sample of 1st-year students and asked them to complete the 2 scales in the same manner. Although both samples of students reported attitudes toward cheating that were significantly more tolerant than the attitudes they ascribed to professors, scores were virtually identical for both samples. The authors speculate that variables associated with how the honor code was implemented, together with certain demographic characteristics of the institution, mediated the results obtained.
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URLhttp://www.ethicslibrary.org/resources/205/
DOI10.1207/s15327019eb1602_6
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