Graduate Student Perceptions of Academic Misconduct in the Business Classroom

Grant recipient: Andrew Flostrand, Beedie School of Business

Project team: Sarah Lord Ferguson, research assistant

Timeframe: November 2018 to June 2019

Funding: $6000

Course addressed: BUS702 – Marketing Management

Description: This study builds on a previous teaching and learning development grant study (insert link) that was designed to survey undergraduate students on academic dishonesty. This study extends our work to graduate students in order to determine if student perceptions of academic dishonesty are similar or different when compared with the undergraduate sample.

Questions addressed:

  • What are graduate business student’s attitudes towards academic dishonesty? Specifically, how do students rate various scenarios illustrating academic dishonesty on a scale from ethical to unethical.
  • What do students view as the most common examples of academic dishonestly occurring in the business classroom?
  • What reasoning leads to students engaging in dishonest behaviour and what are some forms they are aware of?
  • What do students view as the most important activities that the university should engage in to address academic dishonesty?
  • Are students aware of SFU’s policy on academic integrity?

Dissemination: Findings will be shared with colleagues at a small informal seminar led by the research assistant. The results will be written into an academic paper, presented at a conference, and submitted to a journal to be determined at a later date.