Academic Integrity in the Digital Age

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Academic Integrity in the Internet Age Being a successful academic student takes constant effort and perseverance. Students display a lack of academic integrity by cheating; and cheating comes in many forms. In present day, the internet has spiraled into a necessity for the younger generation; it is involved at school, home, work, and many other aspects of a person’s daily life. There are many consequences involved in academic dishonesty and students should practice strategies to avoid these consequences. Defining Academic Dishonesty Plagiarism is considered cheating in regards to academic dishonesty. Professors always stress plagiarism but most students are not educated enough to understand what constitutes plagiarism. Academic dishonesty (or “cheating") is a serious, yet common problem in educational institutions across all age levels (Anderman and Murdock, 2007). Exploring the Increase of Academic Dishonesty and the Internet The internet has become a large role for the younger generation. It has spiraled into a necessity in school, home, work, and many other aspects of their lives. The internet is now even accessible from a multitude of sources. It is changing the way teachers instruct by providing new perspectives on communication and dissemination (Ma, Wan & Lu, 2008). However, with advancement comes challenge; specifically challenges to academic integrity. Surveys conducted by Who’s Who and the Josephson Institute of Ethics reported that young people are developing a more lax attitude toward cheating. (Ma, Wan & Lu, 2008)The standard of ethics among young people seems to be deteriorating and is largely related to the advancement of the Internet and technology. From 1992 to 2002, the number of high school students who admitted to cheating on an exam increased from 61% to a whopping 74%. (Ma, Wan & Lu, 2008)Students found guilty of plagiarism

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