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1.5. Why is it wrong to cheat?

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1.5 Why is it wrong to cheat?

How would you feel if you were called a cheat? How would your friends and family feel? How would your teachers and your classmates feel?

Cheating is dishonest, unfair and unethical.

What are the benefits of producing your own work?

Being honest is a good feeling! Being proud that your work is your own is a good feeling! This is what ethical scholarship is all about.

If you are like most students, you want credit for what you have done, not for what someone else has done.

  • You want to do your best work, and you want it to be your work.
  • You will know that the work is your own and that you deserve to be credited for the work you have done.
  • You can avoid any accusations of plagiarism by using correct citation of your sources.
  • Your teachers want to reward original work as they are responsible for supporting honest, responsible scholarship.
  • You learn better this way.

Consider these situations

You decide whether the student has been ethical or not.

Assmahan finds that she has only one night to complete a Music research assignment on a particular composer. She finds an essay on the internet that she can use and copies a large section from it. She does not acknowledge the information has been taken from the internet. When confronted by her teacher she says she didn't know it was wrong to copy information from the internet.


You are finishing a Business Studies assignment the night before it is due. Your computer crashes and you lose all your work. You do not have a back up copy. You phone a friend and ask them to email their assignment so you can use it. You rewrite the assignment so that it looks very different to your friend's. You hand it in the next day as your own work. There is no citation or attribution of the work to your friend.


As part of his Society and Culture Personal Interest Project, Jake has to hand in an annotated reference list indicating how useful the references were for the project. Jake has only used four references. He feels this might not look impressive but he decides against adding a few others that he hasn't used, just to make the list look longer.



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