Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 51–66 | Cite as

Ethical Antecedents of Cheating Intentions: Evidence of Mediation

  • Jeremy J. Sierra
  • Michael R. Hyman


Although the pedagogy literature indicates significant relationships between cheating intentions and both personal and situational factors, no published research has examined the joint effect of personal moral philosophy and perceived moral intensity components on students’ cheating intentions. Hence, a structural equation model that relates magnitude of consequences, relativism, and idealism to willingness to cheat, is developed and tested. Using data from undergraduate business students, the empirical results provide insight into these relationships and evidence of mediation for magnitude of consequences on idealism and students’ cheating intentions. Implications for educators are offered.


Idealism Mediation Moral intensity Structural equation model Student cheating Vignette-based research 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marketing, McCoy College of Business AdministrationTexas State University-San MarcosSan MarcosUSA
  2. 2.College of BusinessNew Mexico State UniversityLas CrucesUSA

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