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Academic Dishonesty in Indonesian College Students: an Investigation from a Moral Psychology Perspective


The present study aimed to investigate academic dishonesty among college students in Indonesia, as well as exploring various aspects of morality (i.e., moral integrity, moral disengagement, and moral foundations) that may affect academic dishonesty. This study drew upon data obtained from an online survey of 574 students from diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels of study in Indonesia (Male = 175, Female = 399). The data revealed a high prevalence of academic dishonesty in Indonesian college students and indicated that the level of academic dishonesty is affected by gender, college origin, and study level. Regressions confirmed that higher academic dishonesty is associated with lower moral integrity and higher level of moral disengagement, as expected, but not with moral foundations. We also present detailed examinations on the three forms of academic dishonesty (i.e., cheating, unauthorized collaboration, and plagiarism) and discuss the theoretical and practical implications of these findings.

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This research is funded by the Research Grant from the Faculty of Psychology, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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Correspondence to Sutarimah Ampuni.

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Ampuni, S., Kautsari, N., Maharani, M. et al. Academic Dishonesty in Indonesian College Students: an Investigation from a Moral Psychology Perspective. J Acad Ethics 18, 395–417 (2020).

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  • Academic dishonesty
  • Moral integrity
  • Moral disengagement
  • Moral foundations
  • Indonesia