Stop Cheating on College Campuses

Stop Cheating on College Campuses

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In recent years, cheating and academic dishonesty have become more prevalent at universities nationwide. This issue has grown so much that university faculty are ill-equipped to single-handedly address the problem. Honest students must choose between being disadvantaged in the classroom or cheating like their peers, and those who choose to cheat do not see consequences for their actions.

As schools and universities increasingly leverage virtual tools, online platforms that benefit from this environment and enable cheating are becoming more common and threatening the integrity of an honest education. 

One company that has grown exponentially in the past few years is Chegg. This $12-billion company reportedly profits off giving students direct access to tools, where students can receive near-immediate answers to tests, homework and quiz questions, all in the name of ‘learning’ and without repercussions.

University tuition is one of the most expensive consumer products that people will purchase in their lifetime, and families have a right to expect a quality education with appropriate governance. Real learning cannot take place when cheating is the norm. Colleges and universities should set and maintain the standards for appropriate and ethical behaviors. However, when corporate-funded cheating is rampant, it is challenging for them to enable students to develop ethical standards of behavior.

It is time this problem was adequately addressed. That starts with students, parents, educators and policymakers understanding the scale of what is happening.

That is why we are urging the Department of Education and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to investigate this growing problem and help us ensure that students graduate university with not just a degree – but with strong ethics and values. Join us in this and sign our petition today.

To learn more, visit our initiative's website at: www.academicintegrityproject.com

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