The Population, Society and Inequality Series presents

"The Contagion of Cheating and Networked Ethics"
Rick Grannis, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UCLA

Tuesday, January 8, 2013
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Social Science Plaza B, Room 4250

In a multi-year study involving near-complete censuses of several residence halls, Grannis discovered that some students directly encourage their peers to cheat and consequently their fellow students engage in more cheating behavior than they would have otherwise. Furthermore, student's geographic location in their residence hall rendered them more likely to be influenced to cheat and, consequently, more likely to cheat. This implies that students who truly desire not to cheat should actively avoid those who encourage them to cheat; a student decides to cheat, in part, when one chooses those whom they will allow to influence them.

A UCI Ph.D., Rick Grannis specializes in the study of social networks. He was formerly on the sociology faculty of Cornell University. His 2009 book, "From the Ground Up: Translating Geography into Community through Neighbor Networks," was published by  Princeton University Press.

Sponsored by the Center for Demographic and Social Analysis

For further information, please contact Jayne Lee Yang, or 949-824-2566.

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