Note: This page is intended as a help guide for teachers to improve awareness of cheating; defining academic dishonesty, ways students cheat, why students cheat, sources students frequently use for cheating, ways to prevent cheating, and sources teachers can use to check for academic dishonesty.

  • Academic cheating is defined as representing someone else's work as your own. It can take many forms, including sharing another's work, purchasing a term paper or test questions in advance, paying another to do the work for you.

  • Academic cheating is a major issue in our society and the innovative methods of cheating are increasing. The cheating occurs mostly at the high school and college levels. Education suffers tremendously when students cheat because true learning is not taking place. The internet technology has assisted high tech cheating by actually demonstrating to students how to cheat. The internet has also given tools to teachers on how to detect cheaters. Academic cheating does not serve the best interest of students, teachers, schools, or the intellectual health of the United States of America.

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  • Students also engage in cheating through direct cheating. Students have found many ways to get around learning the material in class by simply putting the answers where no one will see them. This includes writing down dates, facts, or formulas that you should know for the test in a place where you can easily access them in a test setting.

Things to look for

Lets take a look at a few examples of how students cheat. These videos are available on Youtube and are easily accessable to students who are resourceful enough to find them. Pay attention as these examples may give you ideas of what to look for when giving tests to students.

  • The bottle:

  • The Pen:

  • The eraser:

  • Student's perspective

Resources (for teachers): - This website was created for teachers to display many ways that students may try to cheat in the classroom. - A good resource with a brief overview of cheating methods and devices and a more detailed list of reasons why students cheat. - a letter written by a teacher to his students outlining what academic integrity means in the classroom. - Includes tips for discouraging plagarism. - methods of detecting when students cheat on papers and commit academic dishonesty. Geared slightly towards a certain library, but the information still holds true. - a good site with lots of links to sites on plagiarism and cheating. - a page about the early onset of cheating. - Nazareth College policy on academic integrity. - a site offering resources aimed at stopping plagiarism. - good all-around site about plagiarism and its definition. - strategies for combatting plagiarism.

Cheating is everywhere
Cheating is everywhere - Contains an article as well as a brief interesting blog at the bottom.
Here is some of what was said on that blog:

"What ever hapend to just writing the answers on your hand, forearm or leg?"

"Yeah, my thoughts exactly. However, I think teachers got wise to that bold and obvious tactic. Some of the methods in those YouTube
videos are pretty darned sophisticated–which is what makes me think the kids are spending more cognitive effort on devising ways to
cheat than actually studying for the test would require." - A wordpress blog that talks briefly about cheating and has a few blog comments at the bottom.

Becoming more of a problem?
Becoming more of a problem? - article on cheating and the consequences in different schools. - article on types of technology used for cheating in school. - story of a teacher who was confronted with plagiarism in English class and mistook one type of academic dishonesty for another.
Writing on the inside of a water bottle
Writing on the inside of a water bottle - a presentation on combating plagiarism and cheating - a presentation about how to not plagiarize

external image gr_toon_wideweb__470x433,2.jpg - a workshop on preventing cheating and plagiarism - online tutorial about academic integrity.

Powerpoint - a powerpoint presentation on plagiarism. - a powerpoint presentation on cheating.


Author : Cannell, John Jacob.
Title : How public educators cheat on standardized achievement tests : "Lake Wobegon" report John Jacob Cannell
Publisher : Albuquerque, NM (600 Girard Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 81706) : Friends for Education

external image LawBooks.jpgAuthor : Cizek,Gregory J.
Title : Detecting and preventing classroom cheating : promoting integrity in assessment / Gregory J. Cizek.
Publisher : Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, c2003.

Author : Lathrop, Ann.
Title : Student cheating and plagiarism in the internet era : a wake-up call / Ann Lathrop and Kathleen Foss
Publisher : Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, c2000.

Author : Cizek, Gregory J.
Title : Cheating on tests : how to do it, detect it, and prevent it / Gregory J. Cizek.
Publisher : Mahwah, N.J. : L. Eribaum Associates, 1999.

Places students go to for academic dishonesty:

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Many people may not find anything wrong with summarizing sites, but they provide an easy way for students to cheat their way through their work. - a free site that offers help guides on many different subjects as well as guides to books students may be reading. - a free place to download papers on many different subjects that students may use to acquire their paper. - a free site that offers study guides and summary pages for various subjects and books. - a free texting service for finding answers to questions. - a site that offers free term papers. - free site for papers and speeches. - a site for getting essays and research papers.

Sites for checking student work - a paid source for checking student papers for academic dishonesty. Schools can purchase a subscription and teachers may then use the service to turn in papers. The program then checks the entire paper for any areas that are questionable and gives a percentage of items in the paper that might be plagiarized.

external image cheating.jpg - a site for checking for student plagiarism. - a site for checking student work for plagiarism. - a very simple online checker for student plagiarism. - a program for checking internet resources for copied work. - a paid program for checking internet resources.

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last updated March 25, 2009