ACADEMIC DISHONESTY. A SURVEY WHETHER TOURISM STUDENTS ARE PRONE TO USE PROMPTING, CHEAT SHEET AND PLAGIARISM
ABSTRACT: The paper seeks to instigate an open academic discussion of a long existing problem. Plagiarism and cheat sheet usage are topics that are tolerated. In the mean time, the use of cheat sheet or copying, prompting and even plagiarism by some of the students is a dishonest advantage over the majority with long term negative consequences within the academic education. Following the example of other academic communities for taking action and seriously debating the issue, I present my empirical study of the tourism students' attitudes. The interdisciplinary scope of tourism as an academic discipline as well as the disparate background and vast geographic scope of the enrolled students are optimal prerequisites for measuring the general students' attitudes towards academic dishonesty, cheat sheet usage, prompting and plagiarism. The anonymous survey, that indicated positive and negative tendencies, was conducted among 200 second and third year students. I am hoping to instigate a more heated debate on the existing rules, on the usage of technical means, and maybe even to prompt the readjustment of the academic moral compass.
Keywords: plagiarism, cheat sheet, exam scam, prompting, academic dishonesty