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Document Type



Business & Economics


Heather O'Neill

Committee Member

Carol Cirka

Committee Member

Shannon Mudd

Committee Member

Walter Greason

Department Chair

Andrew Economopoulos

Project Description

The intent of this paper is to understand what leads a student to cheat within the context of a small (enrollment below 2,000 students) liberal arts college. The development of a model will examine cheating from three categories highlighted in the literature: demographics, college culture, and the perception of cheating. Demographics capture relevant personal attributes of a student such as gender, GPA, and major. Cultural variables include variables for the presence of an honor code and participation in a sport or social organization, which provide that student with a unique cultural experience. Perception variables deal with the perceptions the students have developed about cheating based on the academic culture within which they operate, such as student perception of cheating on campus, perception of peer behavior, and perceived faculty involvement.