Cheating in college is a big problem. Surveys show that more than half of all college students admit to cheating at least once and some surveys show that figure in the 70, even 80 percent range.
With no government or accrediting oversight or even awareness of academic misconduct, schools have been left on their own to try to deter it, detect it and deal with it when it happens – which is pretty nearly always. Some do it well. Others don’t do it at all.
But if two Texas universities win their case in the Texas Supreme Court, the schools that actually care about cheating and academic integrity could get a new weapon in their fights.
The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University have asked the Court for permission to revoke awarded degrees when academic misconduct is discovered after graduation.