A Student's View: Why Cheating Matters

America is in the midst of one of the worst economic environments since the Great Depression, and the fallout from dishonest individuals from Wall Street to Pennsylvania Avenue has been breathtaking. As a graduate student, I have seen in my many years of schooling just how easy it is for people to begin rationalizing dishonest behavior at the earliest parts of their careers.

In September 2006, I witnessed some surprising acts of academic dishonesty during a midterm in an