By Jennifer K. Berenson
August is an exciting time for students embarking on college careers (my own daughter heads off this fall). As parents, we spend lots of energy getting them ready: We buy dorm “essentials” from XL sheets to mini-fridges, purchase meal plans and load campus accounts for late-night pizza. Some have needed conversations about alcohol, safe sex and other adult realities. Another conversation should also take place: It’s time to be honest about cheating.
Over the last few years, we have repeatedly heard about cheating scandals in schools, businesses, government and even religious institutions. These high-profile cases point to a very sobering reality: Cheating is everywhere, and unfortunately, high school is no exception.
Berenson is associate dean of academic affairs and administration at Roanoke College.