How Social Pressure Can Cause Students to Cheat

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

After a year of remote learning, many students have been accused of cheating at all levels, from grade school to college. Most students have been stuck at home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving them a plethora of online resources at their fingertips, including websites that provide rapid answers to submitted questions and that allow students to buy and sell coursework and papers.

Along comes a new sort of peer pressure. While many students who cheat say they are genuinely struggling without in-person instruction and are just trying to pass the course, other kids who might not have cheated in normal circumstances are succumbing to social pressures. Some students believe their teachers or professors don't notice or care if they cheat, while others have been shaped by a culture where cheating is becoming more and more common and even expected or encouraged among their peers. What these students perhaps don't consider is how the consequences of academic dishonesty can impact their future when they get caught.

Serious Consequences for Students

Students who get caught cheating can face a variety of consequences that can impact their academic standing. In grade school, middle school, or high school, students may receive a failing grade on the individual assignment or even the entire course. They may also lose privileges such as participation in sports or even get detention or be suspended from school. College students who get caught cheating may face harsher consequences that could include expulsion from the university or academic penalties that might go on a permanent transcript and impact their ability to transfer to a new school or attend graduate school.

The good news is the pandemic appears to be winding down, and students will likely be returning soon to in-person classes. However, teachers and professors are concerned that new academic dishonesty trends involving essay mills, peer-to-peer platforms, and other online services that make academic dishonesty easier will remain. This is forcing stakeholders to consider how they can better track students' online activity – as well as get to the root of what encourages students to cheat in the first place, including stress, anxiety, a real or perceived lack of support, and peer pressure.

A Strong Defense for the Accused

Students who have been accused of cheating and other forms of academic dishonesty have a right to consult counsel. It is imperative that students facing disciplinary action have the best possible chance at fair outcomes. Joseph D. Lento is tenacious in ensuring the interests of the accused are paramount at every step in the process. Your school has lawyers; you should, too. It's time to put the Lento Law Firm to work for you. Call 888-535-3686 today.

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"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients nationwide. Attorney Lento and his team represent students and others in disciplinary cases and various other proceedings at colleges and universities across the United States. Attorney Lento has helped countless students, professors, and others in academia at more than a thousand colleges and universities across the United States, and when necessary, he and his team have sought justice on behalf of clients in courts across the nation. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide, and he can help you or your student address any school-related issue or concern anywhere in the United States.


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