Is honesty the best Policy?

Essay by msn22University, Bachelor'sA+, October 2006

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Great memories, good times, friendships, big sports games, crazy pranks on underclassmen, parties, fun community service programs, active dorm life, term papers, and lots of studying. College life is not meant for everyone, but if it is for you, there is something you need to know. Cheating in college to achieve success is obviously done frequently, yet undesirable and dishonorable. A student who cheats to gain success at college will suffer severe punishments if they are caught. Cheating can cause a student to lose his credibility and reputation. Cheaters in the end are only cheating themselves out of learning, yet still so many do this to get ahead of their huge work load.

As defined by the dictionary, honor is a high respect that earned through deeds and reputation. So what is honor, and how does one receive it? Honor is like many things that are hard to put into words.

For example, describing honor is like trying to describe an emotion, it has many different characteristics, it can be lost, it is single and indivisible, in order that the right be retained the individual must follow certain rules (the honor code), and there is at least one term in the language that always, and frequently, refers to this right.

Donald McCabe and Linda Klebe Trevino would not agree with the beginning of this article. This article clearly starts out wanting to overthrow the idea of the honor system at the University's. It states "Our honor system routinely rewards cheaters and punishes honesty." This statement could be true, but according to the research the authors have put together, the University's with the Honor code rituals had a smaller percentage of students cheating. It makes sense to say that it punishes students that are honest, because they make bad grades when...