American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 1–20 | Cite as

Academic dishonesty among criminal justice majors: A research note

Abstract

There is a limited, but growing body of literature on the academic integrity of criminal justice majors. This study adds to the research by surveying 850 students at a Midwestern university and comparing criminal justice majors to students majoring in other disciplines. The survey consisted of various academic dishonesty behaviors, rationales for being academically dishonest, and whether or not the behaviors were ethical. The results indicated that there were some differences between criminal justice and non-criminal justice majors; however, for most measures, the two groups of students were similar. Unfortunately, the overall level of cheating was high for both criminal justice and non-criminal justice students.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of ToledoToledo
  2. 2.Ferris State UniversityUSA

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