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The Learning Conference 2003

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Is it Really Cheating?: Student Perceptions of Academic Integrity

Dr Andi Stein.

This study explores student perceptions of academic integrity, especially as it applies to the use of the Internet. Approximately 300 students enrolled in writing classes at California State University, Fullerton, were surveyed about their perceptions of different aspects of academic integrity. Students were also asked about their perceptions of the use of the Internet as it pertains to their work in writing classes. Survey results revealed a great deal of ambiguity about certain issues, particularly those pertaining to cutting and pasting information found on the Internet. Students appear to have wide-ranging opinions about the availability of information on the Internet and how far they can go in adopting this information for their own use and incorporating it into their own work. Results suggest further education is needed to help students better understand what constitutes breaches of academic integrity.


Dr Andi Stein  (United States)
Assistant Professor
Department of Communications
California State University, Fullerton

Dr. Andi Stein is an assistant professor in the Department of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, where she teaches courses in public relations and journalism. She completed her undergraduate work at George Washington University, and her graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Oregon.

  • Academic integrity
  • Cheating and the Internet
  • Plagiarism and the Internet

(30 min Conference Paper, English)