By Janice Vega
The act of cheating is a scenario that unfolds in classrooms everywhere, and in the world of academics cheating is nothing new. Like Emma, many students have found and continue to find easier and faster ways to get the grade.
Earlier this year, a group of 125 undergraduate students in a Harvard University class cheated by allegedly collaborating on a take-home final exam. The accusations launched the largest mass-cheating investigation the University has had in recent years and sparked conversation about academic dishonesty in higher education across the country.
Recent data from the International Center for Academic Integrity at Clemens University shows between a quarter to a third of students at the collegiate level admit to cheating on tests. A study conducted by Rutgers University School of Business professor Donald McCabe, who has investigated the topic for 22 years and surveyed over 250,000 college students, shows two-thirds of students report some type of academic dishonesty – from not citing material used in a paper to cheating on a test.