The Academic Honesty Expectations Gap: An Analysis of Student and Faculty Perspectives

24 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2005

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Robert L. Braun

Southeastern Louisiana University - Department of Accounting

H. Lynn Stallworth

Southeastern Louisiana University - Department of Accounting

Donald P. Cram

State University of New York, Oswego

Date Written: January 17, 2005

Abstract

Responding to calls for increased scholarship involving ethics in the wake of corporate scandals, this research analyzes accounting student and faculty views toward academic honesty. An instrument presenting vignettes involving potential academic dishonesty was administered to 458 accounting students and 177 accounting faculty. Participants assessed the extent to which the characters described in the situations behaved in an academically honest manner and the extent to which they should be penalized. Results indicate that students and faculty view many situations involving academic honesty differently, implying that an academic honesty expectations gap exists. Results also show that both students and faculty are aware of the gap. Results indicate that there were no significant differences between students and faculty regarding behaviors that were more clearly honest or dishonest. The biggest gap exists for "gray area" situations. These results suggest the importance of establishing a dialogue involving academic honesty and faculty expectations.

Keywords: Academic honesty, faculty perceptions, student perceptions, penalty, cheating

JEL Classification: M49

Suggested Citation

Braun, Robert L. and Stallworth, H. Lynn and Cram, Donald P., The Academic Honesty Expectations Gap: An Analysis of Student and Faculty Perspectives (January 17, 2005). , . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=649765 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.649765

Robert L. Braun (Contact Author)

Southeastern Louisiana University - Department of Accounting ( email )

Hammond, LA 70402
United States

H. Lynn Stallworth

Southeastern Louisiana University - Department of Accounting ( email )

Hammond, LA 70402
United States

Donald P. Cram

State University of New York, Oswego ( email )

307 Rich Hall
Oswego, NY 13126
United States
315-312-2533 (Phone)

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