The NCAA is looking at a number of measures to address what it calls “unwelcome” academic misconduct.
One is the NCAA College Athletes’ Commission, which has the power to levy fines against universities and conferences that allow student-athletes to cheat, according to The Associated Press.
The commission has a long history of taking aggressive action against schools, but the most recent move it made was a ruling last week that could affect more than 300 colleges and universities.
The new rule is designed to combat the issue of “fraudulent” academic dishonesty and ensure that the integrity of academic research is not compromised, the AP reports.
This is one of the biggest things that we’re working on right now.
[We’re] looking at ways to make sure that the university is not creating an environment where students are getting hurt or not getting the benefit of the doubt.
[The] rule is meant to make it easier for universities to handle these cases, and there’s a lot of effort on the part of our university leaders to help ensure that it’s handled appropriately.
The Associated Sports Writers Association, which represents more than 30 AP writers, is also looking at the issue.
“The real question for us is, what is this about, and what does it mean for the student-awards program?
Are there any penalties for academic dishonor?”
APS President Jim Clements said in a statement.
“We’re working to address these concerns and to establish clearer guidelines for how these kinds of violations will be handled.”
In an interview with The Associated Students earlier this year, former NCAA president Mark Emmert said the NCAA is “not looking at cheating as an excuse” but rather a “matter of integrity” and that he believed the rule was “not about creating a false sense of justice.”
“We are not going to get a false perception of justice from this rule,” he said.
“I’m going to say it again: We are not looking at it as a ‘cheating’ rule.
This rule is a fair and balanced approach that we’ve had for some time.”
But the NCAA has also received criticism for its stance.
Many have accused it of being too lax in its enforcement of the rules, particularly against students accused of academic fraud.
The APSA says the rule has been adopted with the purpose of “preventing academic dishonors,” but some observers say that’s not a sufficient explanation.
“To the extent that the rule will help prevent academic dishonours, it’s going to be by allowing universities to be proactive about identifying, investigating and penalizing students for academic fraud,” says Dr. Joseph F. Markey, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Maryland.
Markeys group has been researching the impact of academic dishonour on the brain and how it can impact the development of healthy thinking and behavior.
In a 2014 study, Markey’s group found that a lack of emotional investment in academic work, and lack of concern about academic dishonorship, are major factors in the development and development of academic misconduct, which are a major contributing factor to higher rates of academic failure and academic depression.
“If you’re emotionally invested in an academic task, and then you see that you’re not going anywhere, that can be a very big risk,” Markey says.
“What we found was that the amount of academic stress that students experienced when they’re involved in academic dishonouring is more than double the amount that they experienced when the person involved in that conduct was not involved in it at all.”
In the past, many colleges and schools have used disciplinary measures to prevent academic fraud, including the expulsion of students, suspensions, and/or probation.
But these measures are often very expensive, as the APSA noted.
According to a 2015 report by the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the cost of disciplining students who cheat is about $1,000 per student, which amounts to a substantial chunk of a student’s financial aid package.
In addition, Markeys team found that in 2015-2016, the majority of students involved in cheating in college were black.
“When you think about how much money we are losing every year from students who do these kinds the financial costs just go up, which is why the college and university are going to do this,” Markeys said.