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Intention to deceive: undergraduates' perception of fraudulent excuse-making

Che Ku Hisam Che Ku Kassim (Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA - Kampus Terengganu, Dungun, Malaysia)
Nur Raihana Mohd Sallem (Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi MARA - Kampus Terengganu, Dungun, Malaysia)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 22 November 2022

Issue publication date: 24 January 2023




Issues on fraudulent excuses have become a common phenomenon at higher educational institutions. Although these misbehaviours can unfavourably impact the quality of graduates, nonetheless, these issues have been largely ignored as the focus of academic debates is placed more on other academic dishonest behaviours such as cheating in exams and plagiarisms. Therefore, the aim of this paper is to examine undergraduates' perception of fraudulent excuse-making and to offer a fruitful academic discussion on this deceitful behaviour that has been a somewhat undesirable culture in tertiary educational settings.


An online self-administered questionnaire survey was conducted to 346 undergraduates at a Malaysian public university.


The results suggest that, while the number is low, fraudulent excuses are indeed being mobilised by undergraduate students in their attempt to avoid academic responsibility. The influence of demographic profiles on fraudulent excuse-making is also evident.


A scarcity of studies on fraudulent excuses has contributed to a lack of understanding of the pertinent reasons and causes leading to the engagement of these misbehaviours. The paper hopes to shed some light that can be beneficial to the relevant managerial authorities within the university in any policy changes in an attempt to curb this problematic behaviour from continuously affecting the inner quality of graduates.



The authors wish to express gratitude to the anonymous reviewers for the insightful comments on the earlier versions of the paper. The authors’ appreciation also goes to Prof. Roberts and Dr. Sherry Xu for the assistance provided.


Che Ku Kassim, C.K.H. and Mohd Sallem, N.R. (2023), "Intention to deceive: undergraduates' perception of fraudulent excuse-making", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 37 No. 1, pp. 55-69.



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