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Name: Cláudio F.S.

Paulo ID: H00032415

I – Academic Integrity in a Cultural Context

Some decades ago, being a native from a high-context cultural country like mine, meant strict adherence to a rigid set of principles, a strong ethical and moral awareness, a religious reverence to ancient customs and traditions, in a nutshell meant to have a vertical character. A popular proverb like “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself” and a Bible passage “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. You shall not set your desire on your neighbor’s house or land, his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anythin g that belongs to your neighbor”¹, were repeatedly said in order to inculcate some self-respect and respect for the next man belongings. These actions helped to build integrity, shape a social accepted personality and influence behavior positively in every aspects of life. This persona would be present in professional and academic environments. Presenting someone else’s idea as our own was seen as a complete lack of character and lack of respect for the workmates/classmates and the organization/institution. But, normally the punishment would be of social type, people would turn their back on the cheater and stop all kinds of interactions with him/her. And, depending on the damages caused, the cheater could either redeem him/herself after acknowledging the transgression and publicly address an apology or be permanently ostracized. Nowadays, with the world turning in a fast-paced rhythm due chiefly to the globalization phenomenon, people live under constant pressure to keep up with their peers. The generalized corruption across the country main institutions, the inversion of values, the misinterpreted notion that the world belongs to the fittest, bad time management and some mental laziness force people to incur in integrity breach behaviors, like professional and pedagogical piracy, plagiarism, fabrication and collusion. In some cases, people do not have a clear notion of the boundaries for the concepts of cheating and plagiarism and might think that a free interpretation of someone else’s idea or the mere embellishment constitutes a new idea, a behavior also encouraged and based on the old aphorism “Nothing comes from nothing”², the notion according to which, every new creation is inspired on something created before. I have heard of people studying Medicine, cheating on the exams, plagiarizing on the master thesis and so on. If cheating was allowed on some extent and for some fields of study, Medicine would definitely not be in that list. I wonder how come someone paying for a course rest peacefully knowing that they had to cheat to be in the same or better position of those who had to sweat and sacrifice dozens of hours of sleep? One has to lack complete notion of value of money and self-respect.

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