Plagiarism and cheating surveyed on campus

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Academic integrity is a concern on many college campuses.

The Center for Academic Integrity gives the definition, “Academic integrity is a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.”

A U.S. News and World Report survey showed 75 percent of college students admitted to cheating and 90 percent of college students did not believe cheaters would be caught.

The study also found that 85 percent of college students said cheating was necessary to get ahead. surveyed 1,800 students at nine state universities and discovered 70 percent of the students admitted to cheating on exams, 84 percent admitted to cheating on written assignments and 52 percent had copied a few sentences from a website without citing the source.

Academic integrity is taken as a serious offense and is dealt with in a similar way throughout college campuses.

California Baptist University has policies established to deal with the subject.

According to the 2010-11 Undergraduate Catalog, “Academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students.”

Each offense will be handled on a case-by-case basis but may result in failure of the given course or even dismissal.

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