Academic honesty is everyone’s concern


To the Editor:

Academic dishonesty is defined as any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise.

This includes giving or receiving answers prior to or after a quiz or test, looking at someone else’s work during a quiz or test, not notifying a teacher when you observe cheating or simply copying the work of another author without properly citing the source in which it originally came from.

Unfortunately, this is something that occurs in the St. Thomas community almost every day.

Students, teachers, and other faculty members are trying their absolute best to resolve such a reoccurring dilemma.

A few weeks ago, a large scale incident involving academic dishonesty occurred in two eleventh grade English classes.

The students were dishonestly changing answers to their scantrons and sharing information with other classes.

Although this matter was not simply overlooked or handled lightly, the students have made a commitment to better themselves in terms of integrity and work ethic.

The students were rightfully punished. However, they were soon given opportunities to make up the lost grades.

This is one case of many and luckily for the students the instructor chose to stress the importance of second chances rather than destroy the students’ grades for the academic dishonesty they took part in.

Academic dishonesty is something that not only affect the guilty students, but the community as a whole.

For this reason, we must try our absolute best to rule out all aspects of cheating and plagiarism in order to better ourselves and the St. Thomas community as a whole.

Josh Gordon