Currently many cases of academic dishonesty are going unreported on campus. There may be several reasons that this happens, like the teachers are too lazy to check and see if the student actually did the work or if they just copied it. Another reason is that the teachers just don’t want to make trouble for the student or for themselves. And one more reason is that the teacher may not want to be responsible for the student that cheated for failing the class and facing further punishment. There are many ways MCC can combat this problem, one of those is implementing the XF grade.
I agree that the XF grade should be used to handle the issue of academic dishonesty at MCC. A way to hand out the XF grade fairly and evenly across the board is to have multiple teachers read essays that are written by the students. Also don’t let students sit next to each other when taking tests, doing this will likely decrease cheating because the teacher is increasing the chance of the student getting caught. Another way to hand out the XF grade fairly is to have a committee of administrators who review the paper in question and vote on whether it is fair for the student to receive the XF grade or not.
The committee should have to have two thirds vote for the student to receive the grade. Currently many students that participate in academic dishonesty are going unreported on campus. With many students getting away with cheating the number of students who do cheat are more likely to rise. Ways MCC could prevent this from happening is instead of having just the teacher of that class read the assignment another teacher in the same department could also read over it, thus eliminating the chance of a student getting away with academic dishonesty.
The school could offer incentives to the teachers who volunteer to read the essay, because they are doing a lot of extra work. Students are not being talked with about academic dishonesty before they arrive at MCC, so most don’t understand the consequences. To help students understand what academic dishonesty is and the consequences that go along with it, MCC should go over what it is during orientation. Also MCC should make it mandatory for all teachers to spend 30 minutes going over exactly what academic dishonesty is, what the XF grade is, and the consequence is for receiving the XF grade.
MCC has a very diverse campus which includes international students. International students tend to struggle with academic integrity, because some come from cultures where they are expected to share their answers with their fellow classmates. Also some international students have never written a research paper (Johnson np. ). A solution to this would not only go over what Academic integrity is in class but have a class specifically for American language and culture, like the one taught by Amy Watkin an Assistant Professor of English.
Most students also find it socially acceptable to cheat because they start around the time they start middle school. Nine out of ten middle schoolers have admitted to cheating and more than 2/3 have admitted to cheating on exams. Now students aren’t just cheating to pass but they are cheating to get ahead (75 to 98 percent np. ). A solution for this problem at MCC would to be removing the possibility of removing the x from the XF grade so it always sticks with them that they failed the class because they cheated. This should reduce the desire to cheat because the downside outweighs any apparent upside to cheating.
Poor time management is also a problem that can lead students to cheat at MCC. For the students that have jobs they don’t have a lot of free time between time spent in class, commute time to and from school if the student doesn’t live on campus, and time spent working, most students feel overwhelmed and like there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all of that let alone do their work. So students feeling overwhelmed are more likely to cheat by plagiarizing articles or copying homework than students who are good at managing their time well.
A solution for this problem is that MCC could offer classes for improving time management. Also instead of saying when the whole paper is due the teacher could set deadlines for a paragraph, that way students won’t feel as overwhelmed and are more likely to do their own work and not cheat. Because of all the unreported cases of academic dishonesty going on around campus, the chances are the student will talk and find out who won’t do anything about cheating. And because of this it is more likely that the number of student who cheat will rise rather than decrease unless something is done.
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