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Exploring Academic Integrity in Your Research: A Tutorial

A UO Libraries self-guided tutorial on integrity in library research and using sources ethically

5 - Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty

Why do people commit academic dishonesty? Research indicates that:

  • Students significantly overestimate how many of their peers engage in academic dishonesty, and align their own behavior with those assumptions (Brimble, 2016)
  • Students may not be familiar with what academic discourse looks like and how to participate in it—particularly around what constitutes plagiarism in writing, as well as understanding the line between ethical and unethical collaboration with peers (Beasley, 2013)
  • Time management challenges or not having enough time (Beasley, 2013)
  • Students do not understand the consequences for academic misconduct or do not believe they will get caught (Saddiqui, 2015)


Works Cited

Beasley, E. M. (2013). Students reported for cheating explain what they think would have stopped them. Ethics and Behaviour, 24(3), 229–252.

Brimble M. (2016) Why Students Cheat: An Exploration of the Motivators of Student Academic Dishonesty in Higher Education. In: Bretag T. (eds)

Handbook of Academic Integrity. Springer, Singapore.

Saddiqui S. (2015) Engaging Students and Faculty: Examining and Overcoming the Barriers. In: Bretag T. (eds) Handbook of Academic Integrity.

Springer, Singapore.