The author would like to acknowledge the support of the Rutgers Graduate School of Management Research Resources Committee, Exxon Corporation and First Fidelity Bancorporation.
The Influence of Situational Ethics on Cheating Among College Students*
Article first published online: 9 JAN 2007
Volume 62, Issue 3, pages 365–374, July 1992
How to Cite
McCabe, D. L. (1992), The Influence of Situational Ethics on Cheating Among College Students. Sociological Inquiry, 62: 365–374. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-682X.1992.tb00287.x
- Issue published online: 9 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 9 JAN 2007
This research examines the influence of situational ethics on cheating among college students. The analysis of responses from 6,096 students at thirty-one diverse schools suggests that neutralization is a significant factor in justifying the violation of institutional norms on academic honesty. Although cheating is generally seen as wrong, students identify many situations in which they feel cheating is acceptable.