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Academic Integrity Tutorial for Undergraduates by DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield University

Why Do Students Commit Academically Dishonest Acts?

Why Do Students Commit Academically Dishonest Acts?


Pressure is the most common reason students act dishonestly.  Situations include students feeling in danger of failing a course, financial pressure and fear of losing parental approval (Malgwi and Rakovski 14).

Opportunities to cheat also influence students to act dishonestly including friends sharing information, the ease of storing information on devices, and lack of supervision in the classroom (Malgwi and Rakovski 14).

Malgwi, Charles A., and Carter Rakovski. "Behavioral Implications of Evaluating Determinants of Academic Fraud Risk Factors." Journal of Forensic & investigative Accounting, vol. 1, no. 2, 2009, pp. 1-37.

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