In the education system, academic dishonesty or cheating shows itself in many forms. When you submit someone else’s work, hoping for a better grade, it’s cheating. If you misreport or alter data, it is cheating. Hiding the truth for an extension is cheating and so is helping someone else do these things to cheat.
The system emphasis on good grades and good grades are a leverage to any student. Students who score bad grades are not the only ones who cheat. Even those who aren't satisfied with an A-minus, readily cheat.
What is not considered as cheating?
Group studying or studying with another student outside of class.
Sharing notes before an exam.
Brainstorming ideas for an assignment with friends or other students.
Helping other students to proofread or edit assignments. A footnote acknowledging this help is wise.
Practicing previous years’ exam papers in preparation for upcoming tests or exams.
Quoting with site or source reference.
Why do Students Cheat?
Technology as Enabler
Technology today enables students to detach themselves from the moral implication of cheating. Students these days are all about technology. For example, some students may feel using a graphic calculator for a test is not considered cheating, but bringing in a cheat “sheet” is.
Some assignments, if not all, are interesting for students. They can relate to it and are, thus, encouraged to do it. Other assignments which are not as meaningful get sidelined. Students prefer not to “waste” their time on such assignments.
Hard pressed for time
This is one of the most common reasons for students to cheat. Students today have so much going on in their social, personal and academic lives. When the deadline comeі close, students feel overwhelmed and stressed thinking about a negative outcome. It all culminates to getting it done by a trusted friend or a professional essay writing service.
Cheating is a HIGH risk. Students who are caught cheating may face rather painful consequences. Here are a few, yet, common outcomes to cheating:
Students can get an F and fail the whole course. Though the trend used to be failing just the assignment, failing the course instead is a new trend.
A failed course graded because of academic dishonesty is calculated into the GPA. This is not the case for failing a course for not studying for it. When you retake a failed course (which you haven't cheated for) and earn a higher grade, it is calculated in your GPA.
Some schools and colleges regulations may specify a symbol against the assignment that was cheated on. Imagine the look on the off-campus inquirers if they find out about the cheating!
Students also face administrative consequences that depend on many factors. Students reputation, previous grades or the severity of the offence are all considered for the penalty. So, in most cases, colleges issue a suspension order for the first offence of cheating. An expulsion can be expected for the second. Ouch.
Thus, students who are caught cheating will not benefit from cheating.
The Obvious Benefits to Cheating
Cheating is the easy way out, isn’t it?
One of the most obvious benefits to cheating is that students get the work done within the timeline. This can help students keep up with their grades.
For students who may not have the skills, a high-quality assignment is done by professionals can even rope in a higher grade. An awesome grade helps the student qualify for special programs that was otherwise impossible.
Gaming the system gives students some thrill. When a cheating episode is successful, students earn bragging rights. This can benefit students who are constantly reeling under peer pressure, or have low self-esteem.
The Not-so-Obvious Disadvantages to Cheating
Students may not have to spend extra time or effort when they are cheating. Yet, cheating makes the student think of ingenious ways to avoid getting caught. And that, my friend, is hard work indeed. Besides, it is costly for students to hire professional services. It can burn a hole in their already small pockets.
A successful cheating episode may only encourage students to cheat again and again, some more. If students are not mindful about this behavior, it can quickly turn into an unnecessary habit.
Students, who may get used to cheating all the time, refuse to think for themselves, even for small tasks. They may be afraid to try new things without cheating. This can become a toxic situation. If it wasn't for the cheating students could have used their full potential to develop new skills,
The harsh consequences doled out in colleges can mar a student for some time. Cheating adults can face jail time, divorce or separation from family and friends. As cheating becomes a habit, cheating at work or in personal life can mar a student for life.