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ASDA News is your resource for dental news on topics like licensure, student debt, practice management, dental student life and some fun stuff too. Grab a cup of coffee, steal a few minutes between classes and flip through the latest issue. ASDA News makes it easy and fun to stay in the know about your profession.

No such thing as "not serious" cheating
By David Weissman, freelance writer 

E llen Harding says she’s an ethical dental student. She’s also cheated several times. Harding, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, says she’s accepted past test questions from upper class-men and given out lab assignments to students who were falling behind.

“We’re all in this together,” Harding says of her fellow students. “If I see someone who is working hard but struggling, I’ll try to help them.”

Harding, a third-year student at a dental school in the western United States, says these kinds of transgressions are no big deal. Many students at her school do the same thing. Besides, she adds, reporting a cheater to the school’s ethics board would only bring unwanted scrutiny from fellow students.

“It’s probably going to backfire,” she says of the whole process. “It puts you in a bad light. No one really gets punished for cheating.” Keep reading… 

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