Everyone cheats, so I have to do it to compete

For Instructors
  • Always reporting infractions and adhering to grading practices for addressing instances of academic dishonesty will earn you a reputation, making students less likely to cheat. 

    • Resource: Community Standards is a good starting places for instructors reexamining current strategies for introducing and integrating academic integrity policies and practices.
  • Share documents as a springboard for discussion.

    • Student Resource: “For Students: 6 Reasons Students Cheat and How You Can Avoid Them”
    • Teacher Resources:

  • Create an honor code, and have students discuss and interact with at multiple points during the semester.

For Students
  • Share your thoughts and fears with your instructor. If you feel that an assignment encourages or necessitates cheating/plagiarism, make an appointment with your instructor to respectfully discuss your observations. Students have a different view of the course than instructors, so your thoughts and ideas have value.
  • There are no real disadvantages to honesty. Even if you feel that you are struggling, this process builds skills you will need for the rest of your professional and personal life.
  • Only about 30% of Americans have a Bachelor's degree, so you have already chosen to stand out from everyone else by making it this far.