Research in Higher Education

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 735-754

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ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: A Zero Tolerance Professor and Student Registration Choices

  • Elliott S. LevyAffiliated withDepartment of Accountancy, Bentley CollegeDepartment of Accountancy, Bentley College Email author 
  • , Carter C. RakovskiAffiliated withAcademic Technology Center, Bentley College

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College and university faculty and administrators are responsible for constructing academic honesty policies and communicating them to students. This is often attempted through institutional honesty policies and university-wide honor codes. While these approaches have been widely researched, less attention has been given to the role of individual faculty members. That role is examined in this study by addressing student reactions to professors based on their academic honesty policies. In addition to demographic information, data were gathered about student attitudes and beliefs concerning academic dishonesty and their decision to enroll in or avoid a course being taught by a professor with zero tolerance for academic dishonesty. The findings regarding different instructors’ approaches toward academic dishonesty indicate that an intolerant policy will keep dishonest students away, but at a price—it will also detract many honest students.


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