Cheating is a dishonest way to get information; 60.8% of college students admit to cheating. The Adventures of the Three students was written in 1904. Students in college cheat in many ways such as getting other students to do the work for them. Cheating has been around for many years and some staff and faculty assist students in cheating. In some cases, colleges cover up the cheating done by students. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle explains in the story of the Adventures of the Three Students the theme that cheating at the collegiate level is still around 140 years later.
Students come up with various ways in order to accomplish cheating. “The man entered and took the papers, sheet by sheet, from the central table. He carried them over to the window table, because from there he could see if you came across the courtyard, and so could affect an escape”(Doyle 3). This quote supports the thesis by describing how Gilchrist skillfully took the papers from the professor’s office. In the book Bannister explained, “he was nearly expelled over a card scandal in his first year” (Doyle 4). The quote relates to the thesis because it proves that Gilchrist previously cheated and continued to cheat throughout his college years. “A new investigation by Brad Wolverton of The Chronicle of Higher Education describes alleged cases of academic misconduct by former members of the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team, including cheating by a player who ‘allegedly took some pictures of some test questions during a final exam for a remedial math class with his phone and sent them to someone outside his math class looking for answers,’ Wolverton tells NPR’s Arun Rath” (Wolverton 7). The online quote explains exactly how a college athlete cheated and shows how cheating still occurs in today’s times. “Just as higher education is changing…the cheating business is transforming as well, finding new and more insidious ways to undermine academic integrity” (Wolverton 5). The book relates to the thesis because it explains how today, the rate of cheating is continuing to grow.
Besides the increased rate of cheating, there have been various scandals involving cheating at the collegiate level. “When once the law is evoked it cannot stay again, and this is just one of those cases where, for the credit of the college, it is most essential to avoid scandal” (Doyle 1). The quote supports the topic by showing how even years ago, colleges wanted to cover up scandals. Colleges do not want bad news to be attracted to their universities. “Either I must find the man or else the examination must be postponed until fresh papers are prepared, and since this cannot be done without explanation there will ensue a hideous scandal, which will throw a cloud not only on the college but on the University” (Doyle 2). This proves that the administration of universities is prepared to do whatever it takes to not have a scandal in the mists of their students. The issue of scandal does not only happen in stories, it happens in the modern day as well. “More than 50 people have been charged with participating in the college admissions scandal, a scheme involving bribery, money laundering, and document fabrication to unfairly get students admitted to elite colleges” (Wolverton 4). The quote backs up the book by showing that multiple people are involved in scandals related to cheating. “50 college coaches, exam proctors, admissions counselors, and parents—are alleged to have done a lot of things that were clearly legally wrong” (Helling 2). This source proves that adults do things illegally just to help their kids and try to avoid scandal.
Parents, administrators, and coaches can elaborate on a student cheating. For example, when Bannister said, “Wasn’t it natural, sir, that I should save him, and wasn’t it natural also that I should try to speak to him as his dead father would have done, and make him understand that he could not profit by such a deed? Could you blame me, sir?” (Doyle 8). This quote explains that some adults are willing to cover for students no matter what. However, some adults may have guilt. “Bannister was very much upset by the incident. He had nearly fainted when we found that the papers had undoubtedly been tampered with” (Doyle 2). Bannister was trying very hard to make sure Gilchrist did not get caught so he had to lie. Some adults have no guilt in helping other people cheat. “For years, North Carolina gamed the system and cheated athletes. Some were funneled into classes that required little work for high grades. While their education suffered, the athletes entertained Tar Heel fans, minted money for the school, and helped line the pockets of coaches and administrators. And the school got away with it” (Gregory 5). The school purposely helped students cheat in order to gain something. Not only do adults assist students in cheating, but some students believe that they cheat because of their teachers. “People cheat when they have too much to do and too little time to do it. When teachers feel this time pressure, we sometimes blast through the curriculum, modeling for students that they can rush through it, too” (Tovani 3). Some students cannot learn by the way teachers teach, therefore resulting in cheating to be able to pass the course.
There are many factors that relate to students cheating. Adults have a big role in the way students cheat, and how students get away with it. Some students feel as if they are forced to cheat to help them get through their education. Parents, administrators, and coaches even assist people with cheating to cover up scandals. Even 140 years later, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story of the Adventure of the Three Students still justifies how students in the modern-day deceive the education system. Think before you cheat.