Research in Higher Education

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 357-378

First online:

Honor Codes and Other Contextual Influences on Academic Integrity: A Replication and Extension to Modified Honor Code Settings

  • Donald L. McCabeAffiliated withFaculty of Management, Rutgers University–Newark Email author 
  • , Linda Klebe TreviñoAffiliated withThe Pennsylvania State University
  • , Kenneth D. ButterfieldAffiliated with

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Research has shown that traditional academic honor codes are generally associated with lower levels of student academic dishonesty. Utilizing data obtained from students at 21 colleges and universities, this study investigated the influence of modified honor codes, an alternative to traditional honor codes, that is gaining popularity on larger campuses. It also tested the model of student academic dishonesty previously suggested by McCabe and Treviño in a more diverse sample of campuses. Results suggest that modified honor codes are associated with lower levels of student dishonesty and that the McCabe and Treviño model appears to be reasonably robust.

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