Cheating in college is
not a very good idea.
The truth is, cheating in college is a
very bad idea, because the risk of getting caught has been increasing over time, and the
penalties for cheating in college are very severe, much more severe than in most high
schools, especially public high schools.
It is not an exaggeration to say that
Getting caught cheating in college can set a
person's life back YEARS.
This is because of the Honor Code that
almost all colleges and universities have.
The Honor Code is not some meaningless
document or formality that the student is required to sign once and then it is forgotten
At many schools the student is required for
every exam (and many times also for other assignments) to sign a declaration
of their complying with, following, and faithfully upholding the Honor Code by not
cheating in college.
The Honor Code is taken very seriously
and the penalties for violating the Honor Code by cheating can range from receiving a
failing grade on the exam or assignment on which the student cheated, to receiving a
failing grade for the course in which the student cheated, to complete expulsion from the
Most professors in college are very
serious about cheating, and are careful to be on guard against it. Even the "Ivy
League," including Harvard University, which is
very often ranked as the top or one of the top colleges, has not
been spared the plague of college cheating.
In early 2013, about 125 students at
Harvard were disciplined for cheating during 2012. Half of those students received the
punishment of having to withdraw from school for two semesters (one year), a quarter
received academic probation, and the rest received no punishment due to insufficient
the Boston Globe's report of the story here).
This report on cheating in
34 MBA students punished for cheating", describes a big scandal that occurred when 34 students in one class in the
MBA program at the School of Business at Duke University were caught cheating.
Shortly before that, 122 students in
undergraduate physics were caught cheating at the University of Virginia, which has been
described as having one of the strictest honor codes.
A summary of the ten biggest college
cheating scandals can be found here.
One of the many tools that tips the
balance heavily in favor of the professors and against college students that cheat is the
service provided by turnitin.com.
That website allows the comparison of all
of the papers submitted for a class assignment to be compared to each other, as well as to
text that is available on the internet.
So professors can tell, using that
service, if students copied each other's work or sources on the internet.
There are many other similar services
offering software to detect and discover cheating and plagiarism, and the list of those
services and software programs is growing.
Cheating in college is simply not worth
the risk, especially since it is possible to honestly do well in the race for good college
Two more stories, also in very prominent news
media (The New York Times, and Newsday [NY]) talk about cheating
in college, and why it is becoming more and more of a risk for students.
The New York Times: Lessons
in the School of Cut and Paste
Newsday: NET.CETERA - Students Lie, Cheat
and Steal, Courtesy of the Internet
***Now, more and more
often, teachers, professors and colleges are determined to discourage students from
cheating and to catch students who still cheat.
college: Why take the risk? Cheating in
college simply is not a good idea, and there is no need at all to cheat in college when
you follow the easy to use, proven system and strategies in
Get Good Grades In College Now.