Who holds responsibility for our academic integrity?

Editorial –

Cheating and plagiarizing is problem that affects every college campus. At MCC, our academic integrity

should be taken importantly because it will have repercussions in the jobs we pursue after graduating. It

might be easier to take a few sentences or copy a couple answers in the moment, but in the end, will

you have the necessary skills to be effective at your job? Professors can tighten the rules and restrictions

already set in place to discourage cheating, but the responsibility of being honest lies in the hands of the

students. The competitive environment we are trying to succeed in puts pressure on students to

succeed. The pressure to succeed should not be put above integrity and honesty. The degrees and

certificates given to us at graduation should be representative of the work we put in to our education,

not the work we tried to pass off as our own. Respecting our work also benefits our peers. When you

have diligently worked on a paper or project, nothing feels worse than having a fellow classmate use

your work and reaping the benefits of your labor. We should all strive for excellence and expect the

same from our classmates. That’s why we are all here right? We enrolled because we wanted an

opportunity to move up the ladder?

Darnell Early, we want our Distinguished Alumni Award back! Graphic by Gary Simmons/Rosie Balberde
Darnell Early, we want our Distinguished Alumni Award back!
Graphic by Gary Simmons/Rosie Balberde

 

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