CHEATING IN FACULTIES OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS: A SURVEY OF SECOND-YEAR STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA

M. Fernández Olmos1, E. Giner1, C. Garcés1, J.M. Baéz1, L.M. Marín2, I. Díez3

1University of Zaragoza (SPAIN)
2University of Navarra (SPAIN)
3University Complutense de Madrid (SPAIN)
Although student academic honesty has attracted considerable scholarly notice for some time, the student plagiarism among business and economic students has not yet been studied sufficiently. To assess the prevalence of cheating among economic students in the Faculty of Business and Economics in University of Zaragoza, some teachers distributed a survey in the autumn 2013 to their second-year students. Based on previous studies, the survey consisted of questions about the students´ attitudes toward cheating, their observations of cheating among their classmates, and whether they had themselves cheated. The results were analyzed using different descriptive statistics (means, correlations…). Corroborating previous literature (e.g., Baldwin et al., 1996), we conclude that the business and economics students consider cheating is difficult to eliminate, but there are different opinions about to proceeed when they became aware of cheating by others.