Thursday, February 15, 2007

A problem with cheating at the Air Force Academy

Back in October 2006, IPBiz noted that a Bloomberg article on plagiarism had apparent amnesia over a West Point cheating scandal which occurred despite the presence of an honor code. Fast forward to February 2007, and we have a major cheating scandal at the Air Force Academy which also has an honor code: The Air Force Academy said Feb. 15, 2007 that 24 freshman cadets have now admitted cheating on a test and 12 others are under investigation but have denied wrongdoing. (...) The cadet honor code forbids lying, stealing and cheating and tolerating anyone who does. Punishment for violating the code can include expulsion. [from yahoo]

Recall a different IPBiz post in October 2006:

Further to academic cheating, a study by the Academy of Management Learning and Education of 5,300 students in the U.S. and Canada placed MBA students at the top of the cheater list:

56% of M.B.A. candidates say they cheated in the past year. For the study, cheating was defined as plagiarizing, copying other students' work and bringing prohibited materials into exams.

In a discipline which has "plagiarize with pride" as a mantra ...

On honor codes at universities, see Do the Honors by Emma M. Lind in the Harvard Crimson.

The first paragraph of this May 5, 2006 editorial is:

Harvard’s little red book, the Handbook for Students, is four hundred and twenty five pages long. Of those pages, two are devoted to student-run businesses, one details the “care of furnishings and personal property,” and seven are reserved for information about Harvard’s libraries. Only one miniscule section is reserved for “honesty”—about the same amount of space allotted to the section on “Nonpayment of Telephone Bills.”


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