ERIC Number: EJ1173717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Applying the Fraud Triangle to Higher Education: Ethical Implications
Burke, Debra D.; Sanney, Kenneth J.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v35 n1 p5-43 Win 2018
Admittedly, some population of students has cheated consistently for years; however, over the last few decades academic cheating appears to be on the rise. Recent technological advances in online education have made it even easier to cheat. In this article, the authors argue that there is an institutional moral imperative to respond to this paradigm even in the absence of a legal obligation and that appropriate institutional responses to the three corners of the fraud triangle can help to operationalize this moral imperative. To this end, Part II of this article presents a descriptive analysis of academic dishonesty that details the seriousness of the problem of cheating on college campuses. Part III provides a descriptive analysis of the fraud triangle, from the auditing field of accounting literature, to develop further the analytical framework. In Part IV, a prescriptive analysis applies the three components of the fraud triangle to the problem of academic dishonesty. This part examines student, faculty, and institutional perspectives relating to the academic fraud triangle. In Part V, the article considers the legal framework for academic dishonesty, assesses the ethical imperatives of faculty and the institution, and concludes that the academy and higher education have an ethical responsibility to minimize cheating, even in the absence of legal constraints.
Descriptors: Cheating, Deception, College Students, Plagiarism, Higher Education, Ethics, Student Attitudes, College Faculty, Teacher Response, Laws
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