A poll conducted by fordham university concluded that

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A poll conducted by Fordham University concluded that cheaters have higher GPAs than non-cheaters, and the difference is significant. Cheaters boasted a 3.41 GPA compared to the honest students’ 2.85. In a 2007 poll, 60.8% of college students admitted to cheating, and in the same poll, 16.5% said they didn’t regret it (“8 Astonishing Stats”). This is something that needs to be examined further to confirm its validity, because it seemingly undermines the purpose of education. Essentially it’s saying honest students are at a disadvantage, and the students getting the highest grades are cheating. Although we are built on a society where you are innocent until proven otherwise, there must come a time when we review previous generations’ integrity. Did we reach these high standards through learning and understanding material and exerting good time management, or have today’s students been forced to live up to higher standards because of the effects of cheating? It is unjustifiable and unfair to know that students who don’t cheat are doing worse than cheaters. Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American lecturer, poet, and essay writer would probably agree, a known supporter of academic integrity who once said “Character is higher than intellect”. The academic environment has amped up the standards and struggling and successful students alike are willing to cheat in order to gain approval from peers, family, friends, teachers, employers, and colleges. Also, cheating has become popular in lower grades; a recent study conducted by Stanford University reported that two-thirds of middle-school students admitted to cheating on an exam, and 90% admitting to copying homework (Jaffe, Nelson). Research tells us that middle-school students are motivated to cheat to get good grades. It is extremely important for students to do well in middle and high school, but the facts prove cheating is how students’ are making the grade. The emphasis for all students has been to get good grades, and statistics show many youths would rather cheat to get good grades than learn.
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