Cheating and Whistle-blowing among Students at the University of Mauritius

Dinesh Ramdhony, Ashween Rambocus


This paper focuses on cheating and whistle-blowing among students at the University of Mauritius while taking into account Social Desirability Response Bias (SDRB). Furthermore, the study examines whether variables such as gender, SDRB, the belief about doing more about cheating, prior cheating behavior and prior whistle-blowing will affect student intent to whistle-blow. Data was collected using a questionnaire administered to 300 students at the University of Mauritius. Among these respondents, 119 were males and 181 were females. Findings suggest that students who have engaged in cheating are more likely to cheat in the future compared to those who have not. Students who stated that, measures should be taken to stop cheating are more likely to whistle blow in the future. With respect to Social Desirability Response Bias, female students have a tendency to respond in a more socially desirable manner. The study was conducted in one university so generalisation of the result should be done with care.

Key Words: Cheating, Whistle-Blowing, Social Desirability Response Bias

Field of Research: Management, Accounting and Ethics



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