If you’ve ever felt guilty for not giving your best to your schoolwork or for missing a class, now might be a good time to admit that you’ve been cheating.
A new survey from the Association of American Universities (AAU) finds that more than half of college graduates admit they’ve cheated in some way.
A recent survey from The Atlantic found that more college students are being accused of “cheating” than ever before, though that figure is expected to rise.
“Cheating is not a new phenomenon.
There are still students who think they are innocent until proven guilty, and it’s no surprise that they feel guilty,” said John Kessel, director of the AAU’s Division of College Affordability and Productivity.
The study was conducted among more than 1,000 college students, and the results are the most comprehensive yet on cheating among college students.
The survey found that almost half of students admitted to cheating in the past year.
About two-thirds of the respondents said they’d cheated before their sophomore year, while only 2 percent admitted to a second-year grade.
“The more students confess, the more they can help the college system,” said Dr. Brian S. McAndrew, the study’s lead author.
In other words, if you’ve confessed before, you might want to rethink your cheating.
“It seems as though the more students who confess to cheating, the better off the system is,” said McAndrew.
Students may be reluctant to admit they’re cheating because they don’t want to lose their spots in the admissions process.
But cheating can be very costly, especially if students are told they’ve done something that could get them in trouble.
A large majority of college students admitted they cheated last year, according to the AAJU survey.
“We found that the most common reason for cheating was because students were afraid of losing their spot in the college admissions process,” McAndrew said.
That said, McAndrew also found that cheating has increased over the years.
“There’s been a big increase in the number of students cheating in recent years, and that’s because cheating has become more widespread,” he said.
If you have an interest in this topic, read about how to cheat, the consequences of cheating, and how to help a friend cheat.
Find more news about cheating from The College Fix: If you or someone you know is being accused by a college dean or counselor of cheating on their application, read this article to learn how to fight back.