We want to say that we are shocked, just shocked, to discover that some University of Minnesota students are cheaters when it comes to academics. Why, the next thing you know, we're going to find out that there's underage drinking on campus. Maybe even sex.
But seriously, it sounds like there's more cheating than ever -- 44 percent more last year than the year before -- and that's only because it's being reported more than it used to be, according to the Minnesota Daily. The student paper spoke with one dean who speculated that if professors actually reported every case of dishonesty they encountered, the figure would be much higher.
Scholastic dishonesty among University students rose more than 44 percent during the 2008-09 academic year, according to the latest data available from the Office for Student Conduct and Academic Integrity..
The Institute of Technology had the highest percentage of reported incidents, and the rate has tripled every academic year since 2006-07. The college reported 58 cases last year
The university's Board of Regents' student conduct code defines scholastic dishonesty as:
Plagiarizing; cheating on assignments or examinations; engaging in unauthorized collaboration on academic work; taking, acquiring, or using test materials without faculty permission; submitting false or incomplete records of academic achievement; acting alone or in cooperation with another to falsify records or to obtain dishonestly grades, honors, awards, or professional endorsement; altering, forging, or misusing a University academic record; or fabricating or falsifying data, research procedures, or data analysis.
According to the story in the Daily, undergraduates are the main offenders, and the main offense is plagiarizing other people's work.