Stanford students these days are no more honest -- or dishonest -- than they were two decades ago, a new survey of 1,000 undergraduates indicates. The school has an honor code, and Sally Cole, the university official who did the survey, believes that "the overwhelming majority of Stanford students are honest in their academic work almost all the time -- with one or two minor lapses, if any, over four years." "Many students, however, appear to believe in a reality of 'a lot of cheating,' a reality that no data support and I don't believe exists." She said three-quarters of those surveyed had never seen another student cheat during an exam, and only 9 percent said they had ever been asked for help during an exam. In the survey, 14 percent admitted having copied at some time during exams from another student, 4 percent had used crib notes and 3 percent gave answers to another student. But in out-of-class work, 29 percent said they had at some time copied a few sentences for a paper without footnoting, 26 percent had copied answers from a text without doing work independently and 14 percent had padded a bibliography with a few items. Four percent had turned in papers done by other students and 3 percent had written a paper for another student. The survey is a repeat of one done in 1961 and 1971 and "the lack of change in almost 20 years is striking," Cole said.