Why Do College Students Cheat?
- Mark G. SimkinAffiliated withCollege of Business Administration, University of Nevada Email author
- , Alexander McLeodAffiliated withCollege of Business Administration, University of Nevada
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More is known about the pervasiveness of college cheating than reasons why students cheat. This article reports the results of a study that applied the theory of reasoned action and partial least squares methodology to analyze the responses of 144 students to a survey on cheating behavior. Approximately 60% of the business students and 64% of the non-business students admitted to such behavior. Among cheaters, a “desire to get ahead” was the most important motivating factor – a surprising result given the comprehensive set of factors tested in the study. Among non-cheaters, the presence of a “moral anchor” such as an ethical professor was most important. The article also includes a set of important caveats that might limit this study and suggests some avenues for further study.
Keywordscheating ethical behavior student dishonesty student misconduct theory of reasoned action
- Why Do College Students Cheat?
Journal of Business Ethics
Volume 94, Issue 3 , pp 441-453
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- ethical behavior
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