The Business of Cheating

Conni Whitten, Alan Swank

Abstract


The days of the library card catalog and physically opening a book to research a topic are long gone.  Innovation and ease of access to information opens the door to knowledge and exploration beyond one’s belief and imagination.  That ease of access also brings with it the temptation of plagiarism, fraud, and academic and professional dishonesty.  It is through brainstorming and collaboration that ideas are developed to reshape the foundations of accountability and personal integrity. “I would prefer even to fail with honor than to win by cheating” Sophocles (n.d).  This paper addresses events, behaviors, reactions, and damage caused by cheating in the classroom and the workplace. The cause for concern is that experiential learning, originality and creativity are at risk.

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