Academic honesty is being able to say that your work is truly yours. This means that you did not copy someone else’s work, or claim other’s works as your own. Academic dishonesty is a very serious problem and should be reported immediately. If someone is aware of a good friend’s academic dishonesty, that person should report his/her friend despite their friendship because cheating does not only demonstrate dishonest work, but also reveals a flaw in character.
When schools and employers look for candidates, they always look at previous academic work. They’ll look at grades, classes, and overall academic success. Cheating will only make these past references inaccurate and deceiving. It’ll show better grades than what the student honestly achieved, which is why it is essential to report any academic dishonesty.
However, grades aren’t everything. More importantly, schools and employers look at your character. It’s about the little things that one does. If someone is caught cheating, it demonstrates faults in character like dishonesty and untruthfulness. These are characteristics that no school or company looks for in an applicant and should be noted in academic records. They are very crucial. If an incident of academic dishonesty is gone unnoticed, it could be detrimental to the schools and companies that are misguided by this student’s inaccurate records.
But one shouldn’t cheat just because of these reasons. It is immoral and wrong. If one is unable to answer a question, it shows his/her honest knowledge, and he/she shouldn’t revert to looking over the neighbor’s shoulders or copying and pasting someone else’s work. Cheating also hurts you more than it helps. It’s worst for you when you don’t get caught because it will only prompt you to cheat more, and you won’t learn a thing, which is the whole point of school. Although you might come out with better grades, you’ll also leave with less knowledge and no morals. In conclusion, if you ever come across an incident of cheating, or even a suspicion, it should be reported no matter whom it was.