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True Confessions?: Alumni's Retrospective Reports On Undergraduate Cheating Behaviors, Jennifer Yardley, Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Jonathan Nelson, Scott C. Bates May 2014

True Confessions?: Alumni's Retrospective Reports On Undergraduate Cheating Behaviors, Jennifer Yardley, Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Jonathan Nelson, Scott C. Bates

Jonathan J Nelson

College cheating is prevalent, with rates ranging widely from 9 to 95% (Whitley, 1998). Research has been exclusively conducted with enrolled college students. This study examined the prevalence of cheating in a sample of college alumni, who risk less in disclosing academic dishonesty than current students. A total of 273 alumni reported on their prevalence and perceived severity of 19 cheating behaviors. The vast majority of participants (81.7%) report having engaged in some form of cheating during their undergraduate career. The most common forms of cheating were “copying from another student's assignment” and “allowing others to copy from ...