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What Should I Do When a Student Cheats?

Three out of every four college students cheat at some point during their undergraduate careers. Learn a more effective approach to ending academic dishonesty and study real-world examples of how to implement each step of Lang’s five-step model for dealing with cheating and promoting academic integrity.

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What Should I Do When a Student Cheats?

Cheating and plagiarism are serious problems in higher education today, but the rate of academic dishonesty hasn’t changed much in 50 years.

Severe punishment doesn’t have much of an effect on the incidence of cheating, and there is a great deal faculty and student leaders can do to promote academic integrity.

Find out the most effective ways to confront cheating in What Should I Do When a Student Cheats?


Instead of myths and misconceptions, the presenter will share a research-based approach to the challenge of academic dishonesty—in your classroom and across your campus.

You’ll explore:

  • The key to ensuring a fair process for handling violations of academic integrity
  • The message you don’t want to send to students
  • The steps involved in determining an appropriate level of punishment

Learning Goals

After participating in this Magna 20-Minute Mentor, you’ll be able to:

  • Manage your emotions appropriately when confronting a cheating student
  • Describe key research findings regarding best response practices
  • Design, in partnership with faculty, staff, and student leaders, a research-based response system for academic integrity violations
  • Create student-focused academic integrity campaigns in cooperation with faculty, staff, and student leaders

Topics Covered

One of the most important things you’ll learn in What Should I Do When a Student Cheats? is how to manage your emotions when you encounter students cheating in your class.

You spend a lot of time developing your course and assessing your students work, so it’s understandable if you get steamed when someone tries to take a shortcut through the educational journey you’ve prepared.

However, when students fall off the academic integrity wagon, it’s really not about you, and taking it personally is likely to make things worse.

The presenter will draw on his years of teaching experience and the research he conducted while authoring the noted text Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty.

This fast-paced and focused session will cover:

  • When it’s best to confront a cheating student
  • What to focus on when responding to a cheating incident
  • How to approach that first meeting
  • What to include in every response to cheating
  • How to reduce temptations to cheat


With three out of every four college students cheating at least once in their undergraduate years, academic dishonesty is an issue that affects all educators and institutions, no matter what your discipline is, or whether your campus is a two-year, four-year, public, or private institution.

With that in mind, What Should I Do When a Student Cheats? is geared toward faculty who have some experience with cheating and are at an intermediate level in dealing with issues of academic integrity and academic dishonesty.


There’s a reason unethical behavior in higher education is called cheating, since students who practice plagiarism and other violations are really robbing themselves of their ability to learn.

Make sure you’re doing all you can to help your students do the right thing by themselves, their peers, and your campus policies. Order this Magna 20-Minute Mentor today!

Product Code: PM14LA | Recorded 8/18/14

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With the purchase of the optional Campus Access License, registrants are granted a license to download the program contents to a password-protected network, server, or website for additional staff use. You will receive information on downloading the contents of the program within 3-5 business days after payment has been received by Magna.

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