2022 student well-being study reveals state of academic misconduct in Canada

  • 54% of students have witnessed some form of cheating in the past year, 15% say it happens all the time
  • Students under 25 are almost twice as likely as students over 26 to cheat if they knew others in their classes were cheating
  • 66% of students, including 76% of those in life sciences and medical programs, agree that cheating has been more prevalent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 86% of undergraduates and 83% of graduates think cheating has increased because it’s easier to do it in a remote/virtual environment

On why students cheat more often now than before the COVID-19 pandemic, one student remarked, “I think because students are more aware that their peers are cheating, it motivates them to try and even the playground in cheating as well.” Another student said, “Professors often expect students to cheat in these distance learning environments and deliberately increase the difficulty of tests and exams. Thus honest students are indirectly punished, effectively forcing students to cheat en masse. “

“Contractual cheating, plagiarism and academic dishonesty have been issues that have preoccupied faculty and administrators for many years now, but recent years have exacerbated the problem.“, said Dr. Noreen Golfermember of Studiosity’s Academic Advisory Board and former Provost and Vice President Academic at Memorial University.

“Students feel like cheating has gotten easier, but dealing with academic misconduct is increasingly difficult in a virtual environment. Cheating hurts all students, and often those who decide to plagiarize or cheat don’t recognize don’t even realize or realize the effects this could have on their schooling future.”

This chapter on Academic integrity, cheating and evaluation was a new addition to the Canadian Student Well-Being Study with the goal of understanding students’ thoughts and feelings about the effects of academic misconduct and dishonesty. Other chapters include data on student stress, intention to retire, optimism for the future, and more.

About the 2022 Canadian Student Wellbeing Study

This survey was conducted among 1,014 current post-secondary students in Canada. The survey frame was balanced to ensure representation and statistical significance of gender and region in proportion to their overall share of the Canadian post-secondary student population. For comparison purposes only, a sample of this size would yield a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The survey was conducted in English and French.

About Studiosity

Studiosity partners with universities to provide anytime, anywhere online study support to more than 1.6 million students in Canada, Australiaand the UK. Studiosity’s service connects students with subject matter experts to discuss and resolve questions, providing formative feedback through help, not answers. The company currently partners with over 250 institutions worldwide, providing fair academic support online when students need it, increasing opportunities for all.

To receive a copy of Chapter 2: Academic Integrity, Cheating and Evaluation or to request an interview with Dr. Noreen Golfer or teacher Judyth Sachsplease contact:

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