College cheaters become adult cheaters

Students who cheat and lie in college are likely to behave dishonestly in the workforce, according to a University of Minnesota study, which relied on self reporting.

Among the types of cheating examined were increasing the margins or typeface to make a paper seem longer, telling an instructor a false reason for missing a class or exam, obtaining questions to an exam from an unauthorized person before a test, writing a paper for someone else and preparing cheat sheets.

Those types of unethical actions in college were found to carry over into the workplace in the forms of taking long lunches, telling an employer a fake reason for missing work, writing a report for a co-worker, filling out a false expense report and presenting the ideas of co-workers as their own.

Dishonesty “tends to carry over” from college to adult life, Nathan Kuncel, the study’s co-author, told BusinessNewsDaily.

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  1. I wouldn’t put changes in typeface or margins in the same category as the other behaviors.

  2. My friends who own businesses say the biggest challenge is finding employees who will handle cash honestly. One video store owner showed 200 dollars taken in but over 600 videos rented. (At 2-5 dollars a tape.) Okay, that was a “few” years ago, but it’s continuing. And a problem for small business employers.