Understanding of and attitudes to academic ethics among first‐year university students

Adèle Thomas, André Van Zyl


This study aimed to explore the understanding of and attitudes towards academic ethics of first‐year students at a South African University using a paper‐based survey that yielded 3611 respondents. A degree of confusion and ambivalence regarding academic ethical issues exists. The relative wealth of respondents also appears to influence the understanding of and attitudes to academic ethics. Millennial students have a tendency to disregard ownership of knowledge. There is a need for instruction in academic ethics to instil an awareness of integrity in academic pursuit, coupled with an understanding of the world views of millennials. 


Academic dishonesty; millennial students; plagiarism; relative wealth; South Africa

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