Undergraduates cheat more than graduates

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (The Exponent) – While undergraduate and graduate students can be found guilty of cheating, some Purdue officials find cheating more prevalent among undergraduates.

Purdue’s academic dishonesty policy prohibits “dishonesty in connection with any University activity,” as most students know. But is cheating addressed differently for graduate students than undergraduate students?

Jeff Stefancic, associate dean of students, explained the different approaches taken when the administration addresses cheating at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“While there is no difference in the type of sanctions that may be imposed on a student, graduate students tend to be held to a higher level of scrutiny in their academic work because it is expected that they already have a foundational understanding of what it means to be academically honest in their work,” he said.

According to Stefancic, one of the most common mistakes students is plagiarism, defined by the University as “a special kind of academic dishonesty in which one person steals another person’s ideas or words and falsely presents them as the plagiarist’s own product.” Plagiarism most often occurs when a student directly quotes or uses the exact format of someone else’s work without using quotation marks or providing proper credit. The most extreme form of plagiarism happens when a student submits work written entirely by someone else as his or her own.

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