Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Coats, Linda

Committee Member

Bourgeois, Thomas

Committee Member

King, Stephanie B.

Committee Member

Moyen, Eric

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Community College Leadership

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)


College of Education


Department of Educational Leadership


The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of an act of academic misconduct on transfer student GPA, retention and completion. Three groups were compared from data compiled from 2009-2015: freshman and new transfer, transfer and native student in honor code violations, and transfer student between violators and non-violators. The outcome determined if not committing an act of academic misconduct benefits students’ immediate academic success as seen through a maintained or higher GPA, retention from one semester to another, as well as completion.

The study utilized the quantitative, quasi-experimental study design. The research was conducted using descriptive statistics to analyze data research question one, What are the differences in the number of honor code violations for transfer and native students. Then, an independent t-test was administered to determine significance regarding research question two: What are the differences in academic indicator for violators and non-violators? (a) GPA in the semester of violation, (b) Retention, and (c) Graduation rate and research question three: What are the differences in academic indicator for transfer student violators and non-violators? (a) GPA at the end of the first semester (b) Retention and (c) Completion

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