ERIC Number: ED415781
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Academic Misconduct: Where Do We Start?
Roberts, Patty; Anderson, Janet; Yanish, Paula
This study examined the relationship between demographic variables and academic misconduct (cheating) among undergraduate students at a mid-sized, four-year public university. A total of 422 students from 22 classes completed a 27-item self-report measure assessing their involvement in 17 types of academic misconduct. In addition, the measure requested demographic information, such as class standing, age, gender, GPA, and academic college major. Of the students sampled, 91.7 percent reported engaging in at least one type of academic misconduct behavior during the surveyed school year. Thirty-six students reported they had never cheated; 33 reported engaging in only one behavior just one time. Results of chi-square analysis revealed that being male and/or younger than 24 years of age were characteristics associated with greater involvement in academic misconduct. The greatest amount of collaboration was reported by business students, while the least amount was reported by students in the performing and visual arts. Conversely, performing and visual arts majors reported the highest incidence of making up excuses to avoid handing in a term paper or taking a test on time. Five tables showing item-by-item analyses of survey responses are appended. (Contains 24 references.) (WD)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Behavior Problems, Cheating, Class Rank, College Students, Grade Point Average, Higher Education, Majors (Students), Plagiarism, Public Colleges, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Sex Differences, State Universities, Student Behavior, Student Evaluation, Student Problems, Undergraduate Students
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Jackson, WY, October 1997).