Academic Misconduct: The Instructor’s Responsibility

Academic Misconduct: The Instructor’s Responsibility

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The percentage of US college students who admit or observe cheating has grown steadily for at least fifty years, to the point where every instructor in higher education should expect to encounter academic misconduct on a regular basis. While institutional policies require instructors to enforce an academic conduct code in their classes, new and graduate student instructors are typically unprepared or unwilling to confront cheating in their courses. This case presents a doctoral student instructor’s dilemma when he observes a student cheating, exploring the instructor’s responsibility for academic integrity the resources available to assist instructors concerned with this issue.

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