SURVEY: Cheating trends on campus

The Undergraduate Honor Council at the University of Miami is celebrating Academic Integrity Week beginning Feb. 18. The Miami Hurricane will publish a report on Feb. 14 highlighting cheating trends on campus. Take the survey below to help us with our report, and remember all responses are anonymous.

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Why do you cheat?

  • Everyone else does it (37%, 11 Votes)
  • I’m not going to get caught (37%, 11 Votes)
  • Because I can. What’s an honor code? (27%, 8 Votes)
  • The Honor Council won’t give me heavy sanctions if I get caught (0%, 0 Votes)
  • My professor won’t care (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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If you have cheated, which of the following have you done?

  • Looked over at someone else’s exam (28%, 11 Votes)
  • Copied an assignment (23%, 9 Votes)
  • Collaborated on a take-home assignment meant to be done individually (23%, 9 Votes)
  • Used my phone to get answers during an exam (15%, 6 Votes)
  • Recycled assignment (self-plagiarism) (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Plagiarism on an essay/paper (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Did you ever feel hesitant before cheating?

  • Yes (72%, 28 Votes)
  • No (28%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

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Why do you choose not to cheat?

  • Moral qualms (53%, 33 Votes)
  • Consequences like being kicked out of UM (27%, 17 Votes)
  • Receiving a failing grade (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Unfair to my peers (6%, 4 Votes)
  • I want to uphold the Honor Code (5%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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How familiar do you feel with the Honor Code?

  • I am somewhat familiar (44%, 27 Votes)
  • I am very familiar (34%, 21 Votes)
  • I am not familiar (21%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 61

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