Magazine article ASEE Prism

Academic Misbehavior

Magazine article ASEE Prism

Academic Misbehavior

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TOKYO-In Japan, the term "teacher" has traditionally been a label of highest regard, but in recent years the occupation has been tarnished by revelations suggesting that academic misconduct is rampant in the country. The Science Council of Japan recently announced the results from a survey of 1,481 professional associations. With a response rate of just over half, the survey found 113 associations acknowledging problems of misconduct in the period from 1999 to 2004."Considering this was a span of only five years," the council noted,"the incidence of actual or suspected impropriety was relatively high."

Misconduct is defined as a wide range of academic sins, including fabrication of data, falsified results and plagiarism. Less than one-fifth of those academic associations responding to the survey said they had established a mechanism and/or procedures for coping with transgressors. …

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