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Cheating: The 82 percent problem

Updated: May 10, 2020

By Kiersten Stone

News Reporter

Academic fraud is not a new idea. It is something that has occurred for many years. However, what exactly is academic fraud?

Academic fraud has been defined in a multitude of ways over the years. It can be anything from plagiarism to multiple submissions, false citations and false data to unauthorized collaboration. In more recent years, it has also included internet resources.

In 2015, Time Magazine cited a study that had been previously done covering cheating within a college campus. The study was named “The 82 Percent Problem.” The results showed that 82 percent of alumni had admitted to cheating in some type of form while they were attending college to achieve their undergraduate degrees.

There have also been studies performed based off “The 82 Percent Problem” showing that part of the people who have cheated in college, admit that they believe they would also be dishonest in their future endeavors. This is mostly leaned towards dishonesty in the workplace.

“The 82 Percent Problem” has inspired college newspapers all over the U.S. to conduct similar studies to show the results of academic fraud within their respective student bodies.

In a survey done here at SWOSU, 10 out of 15 people admitted to cheating in some form on either a test, paper, or homework assignment. Several answers of how they did it included phones, sneaking answers, or even a couple of apps. The most popular answer though was through an internet resource.

While “The 82 Percent Problem” was the basis of the survey done for SWOSU, only a little over 65 percent of students who participated admitted to cheating. This leads to the conclusion that while numbers may be higher for other universities, SWOSU shows a higher level of academic honesty from its student body.

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