Integrityand Academic Dishonesty
Integrityand Academic Dishonesty
Sincetime immemorial, the academic institutions across the world havefaced a significant challenge of academic dishonesty. Statisticsshows that approximately more than a quarter of college students failto graduate after their enrollment for their education due to variousproblems including academic dishonesty (Bertram et al., 2008).Significant evidence reveals that the present society holds that thefuture of the lives of students depends on their academic success.However, it is recognizable that students in colleges anduniversities have different entry abilities. The societal pressureabout the need for the students to achieve their academic excellencepredisposes them to participate in activities contributing to theviolation of academic integrity policies. As such, students end upbecoming the victims of academic dishonesty that does not only affectthe individual student but the society as a whole (Coren, 2006).Despite the pressure to achieve in terms of grades, academicintegrity should be maintained.
Academicintegrity entails varied perspectives that should be adopted by thestudents to ensure the realization of their academic objectives. Aquote by Aristotle which states, "Theman who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whateverfortune may bring. Such man will always act nobly as circumstancespermit, makes the most strategic use of the troops at his disposal,and the shoemaker makes the best shoe he can from the leatheravailable,”communicates significant aspects related to academic integrity. It isevident from the quote that an individual who accepts all theopportunities and challenges provided by his/her life is a goodperson and practices integrity. It can be inferred from the quitethat lack of integrity predisposes individuals to undesired behaviorsand ideations such as greed in one’s pursue to success of therealization of the desired personal and academic success. Similarly,it is inarguable that Aristotle puts forward that the integrity is anessential ingredient for one to act morally and ethically.
Variousaspects of the wellbeing of the society are affected by the lack ofintegrity among its members. For example, the present society facesthe challenge of poor leadership secondary to the ideation thatleadership has a direct relationship with success in one’s life. Assuch, this blurred perception has made people the victims of lack ofintegrity, thereby, poor leadership and outcomes in the society. Whenthe leaders of the society fail to observe the integrity, the membersof the society might oppose the leaders as they have a highpredisposition to failing to deliver to the expectations of themembers of the society. As such, it predisposes states to conflicts,such as those in the African States such as the DRC, thereby, theneed for academic dishonesty.
Accordingto Coren (2006), academic dishonesty is defined as the processwhereby an individual interferes with materials or records that areused by the students for their academic activities deliberately. Thisdefinition concurs with the principles of my university that supportthe idea that the principles and virtues of truth are imperative forone to fit as a community of scholars. Academic dishonesty affectsthe society in a number of ways. For instance, Bleeker (2008) assertsthat when an individual graduates from college or university usingunorthodox methods to acquire academic success, the competence ofsuch an individual is compromised. As stated by the authors, suchindividuals lack adequate knowledge, skills, and experience that arerequired to deliver services meeting the expectations of thecommunity, thereby, the effect.
Similarly,Bertram et al. (2008) assert that academic dishonesty has a highprobability of being transmitted between and among the learners inthe learning institution. In this case, students who see their peersgraduating through such methods are motivated to do the same,thereby, predisposing them to undesired outcomes such as expulsionfrom their learning institutions. Moreover, the students who acquiretheir success through such methods might continue achieving theirsuccess by cheating to achieve higher positions in the society or anorganization. As such, the society of organization suffers from thebreed of academic dishonesty and incompetence.
Ihave learnt from the surveys I performed through this semester thatthe society is highly dependent on the virtues that the learninginstitutions teach their students throughout their learning lives.From my surveys, I have realized that the students brought up inlearning environments that consider the virtues of academic integrityhave a high likelihood of being morally and ethical responsiblealongside respecting others in the society. However, students broughtup in a learning environment that does not recognize such virtueshave a high predisposition to failing to act in the desired moral andethical manner in the society. Therefore, the society is the productof the behaviors of its scholars. From this experience, I have learntthat my actions have a significant effect on the society, thereby,translating to the need for my integrity at all the time.
Everyindividual has his/her own goals for their future. I plan to completemy studies and then seek for employment in my area of specializationto give my contribution back to the society. Similarly, I intend tostudy for a master’s degree after a while and extend to a doctoratedegree in the future if all goes well. Through this, I believe to bea role model for the younger people in my society. However, achievingthis requires significant dedication and integrity in my academicwork. Achieving my academic success with integrity will provide mewith benefits such as competence and societal trust. This willfurther bring a sense of confidence and boost my esteem in thesociety, thus delivering more to the society. The fulfillment of myreligious beliefs is in line with MSU academic integrity policies andI believe that there is nothing out of the ordinary. One shouldalways be guided by moral and ethical principles not only in academicwork, but in all aspects of the society.
Conclusively,this course has been of great help to my academic and personal life.It has helped me appreciate the importance of integrity in my life.It has also made me appreciate the idea that the outcomes of asociety depends on the behaviors of its members. Therefore, it isimperative for the members of the society to observe the virtues ofintegrity in all their endeavors in life for the wellbeing of thesociety. Ultimately, moral and ethical principles should be inherentin every social group and should be used as a guide to living withintegrity.
Bertram,G. T., In Ward, K., In Wolf-Wendel, L. E., & Association for theStudy of Higher Education. (2008). Academicintegrity in the 21st century: A teaching and learning imperative.SanFrancisco, Calif: Jossey-Bass.
Bleeker,K. C. (2008). Tobe honest: Championing academic integrity in communitycolleges. Washington,DC: Community College Press.
Coren,A. (2006). Facultyresponses to academic integrity violations.Lincoln, Neb: University of Nebraska-Lincoln.