Q. I don't see what the big deal is. How does academic dishonesty affect me?
Academic dishonesty is harmful even if you do not see the immediate ramifications of the violation. It is important to do the work that you receive credit for and to give credit to other people for their work. If you are found guilty of academic dishonesty it can negatively impact your grades, be reflected on your transcript, and/or get your kicked out of school. If you plan to receive certification or education beyond your undergraduate studies these things follow you. Additionally, a reputation of academically dishonest students can harm the university by destroying partnerships and opportunities for future students. For example, it could prevent outside organizations from wanting to donate scholarship funds or offer internships for students.