Lying and sneakiness is more than just accepted—it has become expected in our everyday lives. It has also become a social norm on our U.S. college campuses.
Have you ever cheated on an exam? Plagiarized? Downloaded a paper off the Internet? Copied someone’s homework? If you have, believe it or not, you are in good company with your fellow peers.
Students are deceitfully making the grade. Cheating is a disease on our campus that is hindering the ability of students to think independently and honestly. Ironically, more cheating goes on in college than in high school. People are simply not willing to do the work or just do not have enough faith in their abilities.
According to research, a huge majority of students are practically majoring in cheating. The bulk of students are quite good at it too. After all, they most likely cheated their way through high school. By the time college rolls around, this becomes a valuable skill which they have perfected.
Consider this: The Center for Academic Integrity found that 80 percent of college students admit to cheating.
Of course, there is no shortage of reasons and excuses for dishonesty. Most students realize that it is wrong, but they do not feel bad about it because everyone else is doing it and there simply are not enough hours in the day.
Perhaps the worst excuse is when college students say that their parents tell them to cheat if they have to, to do whatever they must in order to come out on top.
Cheating has become far too easy for most students, and they conveniently manipulate technology to get the results. Some methods are bizarre and desperate. Students have been caught with tiny video cameras that transmit an image to someone sitting outside, waiting to give test-takers the answer via phone or pager.
The most common methods of cheating is copying another person’s work, downloading a term paper from the Internet or giving and receiving assistance on an exam.
I personally have very little patience for those apathetic students who stroll into class, exhausted and displeased, the same day a paper is due.
I especially dislike it when the student complains to his sympathetic roommate that he spent the previous night cutting and pasting his paper together from the Internet.
I, like you, pay $21,000 for my college education. The least I could do is go to class and write my paper on my own. It really isn’t that difficult.
Cheating diminishes and makes a mockery of the educational system, and your fellow students simply do not care.
Most campuses around the nation are trying their best to outsmart and dissuade cheaters, but it is a full-time job.
That is why students need to adjust their attitudes about cheating. Just because your friend does it, does not mean it’s OK. Students need to start viewing cheating as what it is: a violation of moral code.
Our nation is quickly and shamefully becoming one composed of cheaters, liars and phonies. The decline in ethics is simply mind-boggling.
Cheating is more accepted today than ever. The only rule is not to get caught. This is unacceptable because if it keeps up, we are going to be in a situation in which we are not able to compete with other education systems in the world.
Reut R. Cohen is a second-year English major.
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