Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 29–41 | Cite as

Ethical Beliefs Toward Academic Dishonesty: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Undergraduate Students in Ukraine and the United States

  • Mariya A. Yukhymenko-Lescroart


Little work has been done on beliefs toward academic misconduct in Ukraine. This study explored the beliefs of Ukrainian students toward various forms of academic misconduct and compared the results to the U.S. undergraduate students (N = 270). Twenty-two forms of cheating, plagiarism, and questionable academic behaviors were grouped in five categories: unilateral cheating, collective cheating, falsification gaining favoritism, and performing extra work to receive better grades. Cross-cultural comparisons of beliefs were pivotal in this study. Results indicated that, in general, Ukrainian students are less likely to believe that academic misconduct is wrong compared to their U.S. counterparts, as well as seem to have different beliefs on what is and isn’t academic misconduct. Recommendations are proposed to help students change their beliefs and to reduce academic dishonesty. These recommendations also have application purposes outside of Ukraine.


Academic misconduct Beliefs Cheating Cross-cultural study Plagiarism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Learning Sciences Research InstituteUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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