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CONSEQUENCES OF CHEATINGAcademic Misconduct: Collusion, Plagiarism and Misrepresentation of FactsThe definition of collusion is: 1. a secret agreement, esp. for fraudulent or treacherous purposes; conspiracy; 2. a secret understanding between two or more persons to gain something illegally (, Unabridged (V 1.1). On the website for Boston College (, collusion is defined “as assistance or an attempt to assist another student in an act of academic dishonesty. Collusion is distinct from collaborative learning, which may be a valuable component of students' scholarly development. As a part of this, misrepresentation of one’s or another’s identity for academic purposes could also be a form of collusion.

Impersonating a student is one example of unethical academic behavior or collusion and could lead to academic barring. Of the many consequences of cheating, academic suspension or barring can affect your educational opportunities and can be a negative factor in getting accepted at other institutions.

A high school student, Barry, was interested in learning about a particular subject at the college level.

After obtaining a list of class schedules from a local university, he decided to attend the class. During the initial roll call, Barry waited until the instructor called a student’s name for the third time before responding to that name. Barry in essence assumed the identity of the student and attended the class the entire semester maintaining an A average. He would have achieved his goal and succeeded in completing the course if the student he was impersonating had not decided to show up for the final. As luck would have it, both he and the student he was impersonating turned in their finals at the same time and the instructor noticed the duplicate names. Both students were detained and an investigation was conducted. Once the university ascertained that Barry was a minor and...