Students everywhere have been known to cheat on academic assignments, but what exactly is academic dishonesty? There are three different types of academic dishonesty: Plagiarism, Fabrication, and Cheating. While all three of these types are considered dishonest, each type has its own set of consequences. This article goes over the definition and impact of each one.
Cheating – any dishonest behavior that gives a person an unfair advantage in a competitive activity
What is cheating?
Cheating is any dishonest behavior that gives a person an unfair academic advantage in academic activities. Some examples of cheating are:
- copying from another student’s work
- using unauthorized notes or other material during a test
- altering the answers on a quiz to make them look like they were more correct than they originally had been
The impact of cheating
Every instance of academic dishonesty has its consequences, and each consequence is designed to help students remember not only what they do wrong but also how important it is for everyone to play fair. That’s why cheating in nursing education is never forgivable as there are lives that depend on your hands. The reason behind this is that when students cheat, they are not learning the things that they need to know to be able to effectively fulfill the duties in their profession.
Plagiarism – the act of taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own
What is plagiarism?
In a gist, plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty that involves taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own.
What are the consequences of plagiarism?
Plagiarism has several consequences such as academic expulsion from university or college or academic suspension for a period, usually at least one year but can be up to two years. However, if you have already been suspended once before then this may lead to academic dismissal which means that you will not be able to enroll in any other courses with an institution for at least five years after being dismissed.
Why does plagiarism happen?
There are several reasons why people commit plagiarism which include desperation due to poor time management skills, laziness, lack of motivation/interest in the course material, fear of failure, which leads to academic dishonesty, and the pressure to achieve academic success.
What can be done against plagiarism?
Students who have plagiarised in their work must be aware of what they did, why they did it, and how much damage was caused. Some academic institutions practice a “restorative justice” approach which involves both parties, the student who committed the offense and the person whose work has been taken, come together for an informal meeting. This allows them to discuss the impact of academic dishonesty on themselves as well as others. It also gives those involved time to reflect upon possible ways forward.
Other academic institutions may take disciplinary action against offending students without first consulting with them. While taking someone else’s work and passing it off as your own is academic dishonesty, most of the time it isn’t intentional. Students who plagiarise are often desperate for academic success and this can lead to them taking shortcuts. Some academic institutions have implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy when it comes to academic dishonesty which means that even one incident will result in expulsion from university or college.
Fabrication – Making Up Information Or Data And Presenting It As True
Impact of Fabrication on Knowledge
Fabricated research is academic dishonesty of the worst kind because not only does it harm knowledge, but fabricators are also misrepresenting themselves with false credentials which can lead to their academic demise.
Altering is modifying already existing information for it to be correct. This includes adding/removing words from sentences without changing meaning, renumbering paragraphs, or sections, correcting grammar mistakes that do not alter meaning, deleting letter errors from a written text when done by someone other than the author, and inserting numbers into tables or graphs where they were absent previously.
Impact of Altering on Knowledge
While altering academic texts does have a positive impact on knowledge concerning making academic work more accurate, this is still academic dishonesty as one alters an original piece of work which can lead others astray regarding both content accuracy and authorship attribution.
Consequences of Fabrication and Alteration
Fabricating academic work can have negative consequences for the fabricator such as being expelled from school, losing their job, or not receiving a degree. Altering academic texts also has the potential to lead to academic dishonesty and loss of credibility but is less severe than fabrication.
Impact on Knowledge
The impact of falsifying academic information differs depending upon what type of knowledge was falsely represented. Falsifying numbers in graphs and tables will change both content accuracy and authorship attribution; while falsifying written text impacts only content accuracy.
Consequences of Fabrication and Alteration: In addition to having similar repercussions as those associated with fabrication (i.
How To Avoid Academic Dishonesty?
When writing academic work, it is important not to plagiarise in any way or try to cheat or fabricate. This means that you must always cite the source of your information and ideas when referencing them within your academic document.
In addition, do not ghostwrite for other students as this would lead directly to academic dishonesty. You should also never talk about someone else’s assignment with people outside your class or share drafts of an essay before they are due without first obtaining permission from the professor teaching the course who set out these policies at the beginning of semester one (or academic year). Finally, be wary around campus if a student offers you money in exchange for help on their assignments – this could well be a form of academic dishonesty.
Your brain is a powerful tool. It’s also the most important part of your body when it comes to academic success, as well as in life. If you’re not using this power for good and are instead plagiarising or cheating, then stop now! You may think that some extra help on an assignment will get you ahead; but if you don’t put any effort into what you do with your work, you will never reach your full potential.