Is Academic Dishonesty a problem?
Is Academic Dishonesty a problem? Yes! Consider these statistics courtesy of US News and World Reports:

  • In a recent survey conducted by Who's Who Among American High School Students, 80% of featured students admit to cheating at least once. 50% said that they did not believe that cheating was necessarily wrong and 95% admitted that they had never been caught.
  • Fifty years ago, studies concluded that only about 1 in 5 college students admitted to cheating in high school. Today, a range of studies indicates that the current numbers are anywhere from 75% to 98%
  • 84% of college students believe they need to cheat to get ahead in the world today.
  • 90% of college students believe that cheaters never pay the price. However, 90% also say when people see someone cheat, they don't turn them in.
  • In 2004, 57% students admitted to academic dishonesty
  • Punishment such as receiving a failing grade, expulsion, etc. was the largest deterrent of student cheating (Vandehey, Diekhoff, and LaBeff, 2007)
  • "Cheating is more common in any situation where it is easy to do, the likelihood of detection is low, and rewards for cheating are high" (Lester and Diekhoff, 2002)
  • Honor Codes are connected with lower level of cheating among students (McCabe, Trevino, & Butterfield, 2001)
This dishonesty spreads to the "real world" if not corrected in college. A survey by SelectJobs.com, a high-tech industry employment site, 75% of job seekers admitted to lying on their resumes, 40% admitted to omitting past jobs, and 12% admitted to padding education credentials.

On-campus Resourses
Statisticallly, a student will deal with matters pertaining to academic integrity during their career at the university. Whether it affects you or a friend, there are things you can do to manage the situation. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel uncomfortable with a fellow students actions, do not be afraid to speak with the professor during their office hours or after class. Should this not prove satisfactory, please come by the Dean of Students office in 21-H and speak to our Graduate Assistant. Should you yourself begin to feel overwhelmed with school and/or schoolwork, please consider calling the Counseling center (305-284-5511) or the Academic Development Center (305-284-2800). The Honor Council and the University of Miami are committed to helping students improve their lives and as such encourages you to use the tools provided to all students. The following is a list of Phone numbers to guide you:

Honor Council Office 305-284-5354
Dean of Students Office 305-284-5353
Academic Resource Center 305-284-2800
Writing Center 305-284-2956
Richter Library 305-284-3551
Math Lab (CC305) 305-284-2575
Physics Academy 305-284-7120
Chemistry Resource Center (CS 304) 305-284-5165
Counseling Center 305-284-5511