College campuses all across America deal with students cheating on a daily basis.
Students cheat on anything ranging from homework assignments to tests.
According to American Psychological Association students cheat due to pressures to succeed in academics and not being interested in the class they are in.
Students across LSU’s campus feel the pressures to do well in school. An LSU third year student who wishes to remain anonymous says, “I cheat to get good grades and succeed just as everyone else does.”
The APA released a survey sample of college alumni which showed that 82 percent admitted to cheating as undergraduates.
The anonymous student says he and his friends’ cheat to succeed academically and save time on subjects they deem unnecessary. He says “it’s obviously a lot easier than sitting down and wasting or not wasting but spending hours of your time trying to learn something that you’ll forget or it’ll be irrelevant in a week from now.”
Students use websites like Google Translate, Chegg and Course Hero to find answers on assignments.
Manship professor Bob Mann says websites like Turn It In make it easier for instructors to identify cheating such as plagiarism. He says people may get away with plagiarism “if you don’t have somebody turning it in through Turn It In. If they’re just dropping a paper on your desk you’re not going to know probably”
Some forms of cheating are preventable Mann says if “we really care about it we got to to use the tools available to us.”.
Mann says cheating is unnecessary because getting jobs is based more on experience than grades.
“Don’t cheat, because my grades never got me a single job. What got me jobs was the fact that I was working, and I had experience that I could talk about,” says Mann.
Mann says in the long run cheating could harm students more than a bad grade.
“What they will know about is if you’ve got some academic misconduct, if you were suspended. That’s what will show up maybe on your record and you don’t want that.”
Mann says LSU can help cut down on cheating by educating first year students on the Academic Integrity section in the LSU Code of Student Conduct. He says, “We got to talk about it more and probably we got to talk about it earlier.”
LSU professors typically go over the academic integrity guidelines on the LSU Student Advocacy and Accountability website quickly during the first week of classes.
Mann says if LSU takes the time and has students learn the guidelines then it may help reduce cheating cases.
While the pressures of school will never fade cheating is something universities and students can work to end with education on the subject.