Kessler International’s New Academic Dishonesty Survey

Kessler International recently released the results of a new student survey on Academic Dishonesty.  The most revealing parts of the survey were number of student who said they had cheated in school (86%) and the number who said it was OK to cheat (54%).  Additionally, 97% of those who said they had cheated said they had never been identified as cheating.

Kessler’s website privided this summary of their findings:

  • 86% of the students surveyed claimed they cheated in some way in school.
  • 54% of the students surveyed indicated that cheating was OK. Some went so far as to say it is necessary to stay competitive.
  • 97% of the admitted cheaters say that they have never been identified as cheating.
  • 76% copied word for word someone else’s assignments
  • 79% of the students surveyed admitted to plagiarizing their assignments from the Internet or citing sources when appropriate.
  • Only 12% indicated that they would never cheat because of ethics.
  • 42% indicated that they purchased custom term papers, essays and thesis online.
  • 28% indicated that they had a service take their online classes for them.
  • 72% indicated that they had used their phone, tablet or computer to cheat in class.

Another finding was that professors are becoming increasing unethical in the face of pressure to have their students perform well.  Students reported faculty provided exam answers in advance of exams or while students were taking exams, while others routinely curved results because of poor results.  Students also indicated they felt pressured to purchase books that the professor had written in order to complete the class.

The survey was of 300 students at public and private institutions, including online universities.

The results posted are available on Kessler’s site here.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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