What's Wrong With Cheating? Essay

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In a poll taken at Iowa State University, 53% of the upper-class students cheated on a test or plagiarized a paper while at Iowa State, 91% know someone who has, and 18% know someone who has been punished for cheating. (Bishop) What is driving this increase in academic dishonesty, and what are the effects of an academic career that thrives on cheating? There are numerous reasons why people cheat, but, regardless of whether they get caught or not, there are negative consequences.

The motives students have for cheating are varied. No matter what the individual reason for someone to be tempted to cheat, their motives can generally be categorized as either based on a fear of failure or pressure to perform. Whether the student
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Whether a cheater is apprehended or not, either resulting path contains negative repercussions.

In the event that a student is caught cheating, the punishment is swift and severe. Depending on the significance of the assignment and the severity of the deception, the apprehended student could receive punishment ranging from a zero on that specific assignment to suffering the humiliation of being expelled from their school. If the student has had repeated offences, it is more likely that the disciplinary actions will be increased in harshness accordingly. There is also a distinct chance that getting caught cheating could result in a loathsome blemish on one’s permanent academic record. The obvious results of cheating are only one side of the picture. There are also those who use deceptive techniques and are never detected. Although these students may rejoice in the benefits they receive from taking a shortcut, they don’t understand how much this choice will cost them. First, once someone succeeds at cheating, they develop the mentality that they won’t get caught next time. After the barrier between honesty and deception is crossed, a student is more likely to cheat again and again. If this pattern continues, problems will develop later down the road. Because the student did not actually

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