Cheating in College

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

"I don't think it's particularly widespread," said Diane Foucar-Szocki an Associate Professor at JMU.

"I think it's a lot more widespread then people think," said Stephanie Gaither a Freshman at JMU.

One common question, two different answers. And whether students or teachers agree, a recent incident at UVA proved it does happen.

"I don't think it's a well kept secret among the students," said Gaither, "I think a lot of teachers are not aware of it."

And teachers have their own thoughts on cheating.

"Plagiarism is the most common form of academic dishonesty," said Robert Anderson Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

"You prevent cheating by building an environment of integrity in your classroom," said Foucar-Szocki.

That in addition to the fact that most schools have honor codes. And JMU has an agreement that students must sign after they finish taking a test, that agreement states they did not cheat. But to many students, it's just a piece of paper.

"No one really listens to it, no one really cares," said Catherine Barker a freshman at JMU.

After talking to professors and students one thing was very evident, they have very different ideas of how much cheating is actually talking place.

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