American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 22, Issue 2, pp 235–248 | Cite as

Exploring academic dishonesty among undergraduate criminal justice majors: A research note

  • Charisse T. M. Coston
  • David A. Jenks


The nature and extent of academic dishonesty among undergraduate criminal justice majors at a mediumsized university in the Southeastern US were explored. Using several theories of deviance as theoretical frameworks, the research sought to investigate the motivations for such behaviors. Criminal justice majors indicated that they are aware of, have engaged in, and plan to become involved in various low, medium, and high levels of academically dishonest behavior in the future. Additionally, study results reveal that specific acts defined as academically dishonest by the university and individual professors are not viewed as dishonest by students. Implications and directions are discussed in light of these research results.


Criminal Justice Social Learning Theory Academic Dishonesty Academic Integrity Cheat Behavior 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charisse T. M. Coston
    • 1
  • David A. Jenks
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Criminal JusticeUniversity of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte
  2. 2.Florida State UniversityUSA

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