(L) Scott Nelson, University studies, Senior; R - Michael Kelm, Accounting, Junior (Samantha McKnight)

Are you honest in your assignments?

Most professors enforce the Academic Honesty Policy in their classes. As quiz or test questions, they will simply ask if the student completed the assignment to gain the full points.

“We agree to be completely honest in all our dealings, including class assignments and tests,” according to the BYU-Idaho Honor Code. “This means we don’t plagiarize material, fabricate or falsify information or cheat.”

Being truthful is a principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a central feature of the Honor Code, according to the BYU-I Academic Honesty Web page.

Many professors at BYU-I have assignments where student honesty is essential to the grading process.

“I quite honestly think it’s not the best idea,” said Kaitlin HaeHae, a freshman majoring in university studies. “I’ve heard time and time again from other people to take a certain professor because ‘Your grade is based on whether you said or you did something or not, so you could just lie and get an A in the class; it’s so easy.’”

Megan Hamblin, a senior studying recreation management, said she likes how some professors are trusting of their students.

“When we are honest in all things, we promise to obey all of these principles fully, without compromises,” according to the Academic Honesty Web page.

Hamblin said that since students have signed the Honor Code, students should be responsible for their own academic honesty.

“Sure, it’s important for professors to trust students, but that doesn’t mean that they should indefinitely trust students no matter what,” HaeHae said. “Just because people sign an honor code doesn’t mean they’ll abide by it. Everybody knows that.”

Besides being dishonest, cheating on school work hurts others, reduces confidence in education and reduces personal growth and abilities, according to the Academic Honesty Web page.

“I think that it’s really cool how some professors just ask us if we’ve done the assignment or not,” Hamblin said. “It shows they are trusting us as adults. Plus, if you cheat on an assignment, it’s only going to hurt you in the long run. You’re responsible for that.”

HaeHae said situations where students are allowed to report their own honesty make it easier for students to lie. She said students cannot lie about having done something or not if there is an actual, tangible assignment due.

“I think it’s a dumb idea,” HaeHae said.

HaeHae said the effective way of checking whether a student has been on track with reading or studying is to quiz them on the information, even if it is only one or two questions.

HaeHae said she unfortunately sees academic dishonesty all the time.

“Academic dishonesty is very important for the Honor Code, and maybe some people are guilted out of cheating once they think about the fact that they signed a code that they wouldn’t,” HaeHae said.

HaeHae said plenty of students do not abide by the honor code.

“Whether it’s cheating or drinking or drugs or sex, not every student here is perfect at exemplifying everything the honor code stands for,” HaeHae said.

Cheating on school work can hurt others, reduce the confidence in receiving a fair education and reduce personal growth and abilities, according to the Academic Honesty Web page.

Ensuring that what you say and what you do match and taking a stand for what you know is right is what honesty looks like, according to the Polk County Public Schools website.

The Academic Honesty Web page explains plagiarism, fabrication/falsification, cheating and other academic misconduct and the procedures for handling academic dishonesty.

“Both suspected and proven violations of the Academic Honesty Policy should be reported to the Student Honor Office, detailing the name, incident and action taken,” according to the Academic Honesty Web page. “If the occurrence is sufficiently egregious, or if a pattern of dishonesty or misconduct is discovered, the Student Honor Office may take additional action, based upon the nature of the violation.”

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