Academic Integrity

Student trying to cheat off of someone else.

Student trying to cheat off of someone else.

Olivia Brown, Writer

The pressure to be perfect  is always lingering around when it comes to a high school student’s education. Sometimes, that pressure can cause a student to break down and eventually give up and participate in cheating or plagiarism. The academic integrity of students has been decreasing and it has to change.

Academic Integrity is the moral code or ethical policy of academia. The key to having academic integrity is not being honest with others, but being honest with yourself. It is so easy to get caught up in finding a shortcut through the school year; however, many high school students will learn quickly that there is no elevator to success. When a student becomes an upperclassman, they will take standardized test like the ACT and SAT and there is no room to cheat during that time.

Many students feel that cheating is always justified by the fact that the pressure to get good grades is too harsh. However, in the end, it is never worth it to cheat. Actions like this could make a student end up for expulsion or even kicked out of college.

One high school student stated, “Many teachers don’t even realize when students are cheating. I think it has become more and more easier to get away with it, and it isn’t always fair.”

Studies have shown that “59% of high school students admitted cheating on a test during the last year.  34% self-reported doing it more than two times.”

Academic Integrity is not something students should take for granted. This integrity is being able to do the right thing in class, no matter who is there. Believe it or not, teachers still do respect the students who carry an integrity about themselves and they appreciate the hard work they put in.