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Examining Two Collegiate Problems: Drinking and Cheating
Generated Jan 9, 2012 by tjcush4

Administrations from universities around the country worry about the well being of their students, whether it be academic or personal. Two ways to get an idea on both is by figuring out the frequency of cheating and drinking on your campus.  A sample of 239 undergraduate students were surveyed about various personal and scholastic information, two of which were the amount of alchol beverages consumed per week and whether or not they would report cheating to a professor. The latter is an alternative to asking students whether or not they cheat, as a good amount of them would not be honest about it.

Part I. Alcohol Consumption

<result1>Nearly 60% of students have 0-5 drinks per week.

<result2>Because of the presence of outliers, the median is the best measure of center. The median is 1. IQR provides the best measurement of spread; it measures at 7.


Typical students drink about one alcoholic beverage per week, with half of the students drinking one or fewer. However, there is a drinking problem as 25% of students drink 7 or more alcoholic beverages per week. There are several questions that need to be asked in order to analyze this problem further: If they are underage, how to they procure alcohol? Where does this drinking occur? How long are the time periods in which these beverages are consumed?


It is important to be aware of this. Even though there is such a large number of students who don't drink often, the fact that there are many who do means that something needs to be done. Alcohol awareness classes for incoming freshman could become a requirement.

Part II. Cheating: To Tell or Not to Tell?

<result3>92% of students say that they wouldn't tell there professor (Group 0) if they were aware of cheating. Professors are likely to be unaware of cheating because most students won't tell them about it. Since an honor system won't work, professors need to pay more attention to ensure that cheating doesn't occur in their classroom. Also, adminstration needs to develop ways of making students more comfortable with reporting a cheater.






Result 1: Number of Drinks Per Week at University   [Info]
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Result 2: Column Statistics For Drinks Per Week at Univeristy   [Info]
Summary statistics:
Column n Mean Variance Std. Dev. Std. Err. Median Range Min Max Q1 Q3
Alcohol 206 4.538835 47.830193 6.9159374 0.4818562 1 36 0 36 0 7

Result 3: Telling on a Cheater   [Info]
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