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Sheryl Goss



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Academic misconduct in the United States has been on the rise and there are a variety of factors playing into the reason. Academic misconduct has persisted in postsecondary education, with rates of serious cheating in the United States increasing from 75% to 82% among students, over a thirty-year time frame (Medina). The present research was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of academic misconduct, the variety of modes used to break academic integrity, the rationale behind it per individual, and how these answers could influence future careers. A study was conducted with 39 participants ranging from high school sophomores to master's degree students with questions posed that could give insight to how and why academic integrity is becoming a fixture of the past. The results of the study showed that of the total participants, 48% admitted to academic misconduct with modes of cheating including cellular devices, student peers, notes, and online services. Concerns exist that engagement in academic dishonesty by health science students may transfer to professional misconduct in the clinical setting, thereby jeopardizing the quality of patient care (Bloomfield).

Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2022

Document Type



Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Medicine and Health Sciences

Academic Integrity in Health Science Education