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by Shane Toguchi, student writer
The florescent lights flicker creating a pulse of illumination and shadow over your midterm. In a classroom crowded with students, you feel yourself isolated and begin to sense your mind drain after every answer. The professor mutters, “Five minutes left.” Your stomach clenches as you look down and see that your test is only half done. What to do? Will you cheat?

Educators and administrators spend countless hours trying to eliminate cheating. HPU has its own academic honesty policy, implemented in the winter of 1992. It classifies academic dishonesty into four areas: cheating, plagiarism, facilitating academic dishonesty, and fabrication. According to the policy, the ultimate punishment for any dishonesty is suspension from the University.

Despite educators’ efforts, according to collegehumor.com, more than 60 percent of students cheat. The Web site’s survey of cheating received 29,000 student responses. Questions varied from favorite method of cheating to more conventional information such as gender. According to the survey, 20 percent more males cheat compared to females. The survey also indicates that most cheaters prefer to use multiple techniques of cheating.

Perhaps the most astonishing statistic is the effect cheating has apparently on students’ GPAs. The survey finds that the average GPA of a cheater is 3.37 compared to the 2.85 average GPA of a noncheater. Upon hearing this information, 23-year-old student Matt Yamada commented, “I guess sometimes cheaters do prosper.”

Although many students may share this attitude, it is important for students to realize that cheating holds them back. Central Pacific Bank employee Christy Hong endorses academic honesty. According to Hong, who has held positions in multiple human resource departments, “dishonesty is not tolerated in the working world. Good employees work hard and make the sacrifice to learn their skill.”

When students cheat, they not only devalue their name in the working world; they also erode the reputation of the university the student graduates from. Hong adds, “Employers may be reluctant to hire graduates of a certain school if they had problems with that school’s graduate in the past.”

Nancy Higa, a former human resource specialist at Territorial Savings Bank, explained that there is nothing more frustrating to employers than an incompetent employee. Higa believes, “Above all, college teaches students the ability to think, adapt, and endure. If a student cheats his/her way through, they won’t learn that lesson.”




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