Research in Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 3, pp 379–396 | Cite as

Individual and Contextual Influences on Academic Dishonesty: A Multicampus Investigation

  • Donald L. McCabe
  • Linda Klebe Trevino


Students at nine medium to large state universities were surveyed in this comprehensive investigation of the influences of individual and contextual factors on self-reported academic dishonesty. Results suggested that cheating was influenced by a number of characteristics of individuals including age, gender, and grade-point average, as well as a number of contextual factors including the level of cheating among peers, peer disapproval of cheating, fraternity/sorority membership, and the perceived severity of penalties for cheating. Peer disapproval was the strongest influential factor.


Influential Factor Contextual Factor Education Research Large State Comprehensive Investigation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald L. McCabe
    • 1
  • Linda Klebe Trevino
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Management, Rutgers UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Smeal College of Business AdministrationThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA

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