Consequences of a College Student Cheating on Exams There is no doubt that everyone has at least once tried or managed to cheat in their life. Cheating is quite a popular thing and for many pupils and students this seems to be the only possibility to have good grades and good results. At some age and sometimes even in the adulthood we have to cheat partially. However, everyone understands that cheating in school and college is quite natural and understandable but such a procedure should not proceed and repeat in the future life and cheating must not become a tradition.
So, first of all, what do we all understand as ‘cheating’? First of all we have associations with something prohibited, wrong and dishonest. If to be more specific, then it should be stated that cheating is a process or a certain action that implicates practicing fraud and some dishonest method in order to get the desired result or grade. When we talk about cheating in college then we understand that there can be several types of it used and performed.
For instance academic cheating may mean that one person is trying to represent somebody else’s work and somebody else’s ideas as his own. Moreover, it can also mean that a student obtains the correct answers or tasks to some test or other academic activity in advance. Moreover, asking someone to do some sort of work instead of you and moreover, paying for this service is also considered to be a cheating. According to the most recent statistics the number of students cheating in college has quite increased as compared to the previous years.
Some people think that the reason for this is the fact that almost all the students are more worried about their grades and not about their real knowledge and the level of education. Moreover, in such a way, when the main purpose is simply to have good grades using any possible method, the quality of the education is also affected and it is quite low. About 50 years ago or even less it was far not so widespread among the students to cheat. There were only several examples of those who used and practiced such a technology in order to have excellent grades.
However, nowadays the number of constantly cheating students is far bigger. And this fact is far not a secret for everybody. More then a half of college students nowadays agrees that sometimes it is really almost impossible to do without cheating during the educational process. Moreover, it is quite an old stereotype that only bad students with poor level of knowledge can cheat. Some students cheat due to some personal problems and difficulties in their lives and due to the stress on the exams.
Some people simply feel more self-confident if they know that they can cheat somehow in case they suddenly forget or mix up some material. This fact is quite important and when the punishment for the cheating will be chosen all these facts and reasons will definitely be considered. However, in case the cheating was quite serious and it includes some serious fraud then the measures and the punishment will be quite strict and severe too. However, in case you are only a first-time offender the punishment may be decreased somehow.
In any case the consequences of a college student cheating on exams can be quite serious and severe. The punishment may range from a failing and low grade for the assignment or the whole course to the expulsion from the college or some other educational institution. Moreover, in such a way the student will also have bad characteristics and quite bad reputation. The main question is why do students still continue cheating even if they have already been punished somehow?
The main reason is that the majority of students know that in the contemporary world it is almost impossible to be successful without cheating. Moreover, students see and observe numerous examples of cheating in the world, among different politicians and businessman. Besides, when students see that cheating helps their peers and that this method helps them to have good grades and to be successful then they decide also to try this method. And as a result almost every student becomes dependent on cheating.
Moreover, a great number of examples of dishonesty and unfairness in the contemporary world make cheating simply quite a necessary life skill that is essential nowadays in order to be successful and in order to reach all the goals in your life. Moreover, students feel quite justified when they cheat and it seems to be no serious problem for them. When one student sees other people cheating and being successful it motivates him to cheat too in order no to be disadvantaged in some unfairly way. Besides, all the cheaters usually get the highest grades at the exam and non-cheaters usually have lower marks.
And this fact is really unpleasant for the non-cheaters and in result they start thinking of cheating too. The problem of cheating in colleges and some other educational institutions will scarcely disappear. However, it can be decreased at least somehow. And this is the main task of teachers and parents to take a proper care of this question. Every student should be aware of all the possible consequences for cheating. Moreover, some serious measures and types of punishment should be used in order to frighten the students and to discourage students from cheating.
From the early age al the students and pupils should be taught that cheating is an absolutely dishonest and morally wrong thing and that it is impossible and totally unacceptable for every good student. Every student should know that cheating attempts can lead to severe punishment and consequences both in college and at home. And moreover, almost ever student understands that education is really essential nowadays and that getting expelled can harm his career and his further life.