“Contract cheating occurs when a student submits work that has been completed for them by a third party, irrespective of the third party’s relationship with the student, and whether they are paid or unpaid.” (Harper et al., 2018)
For information on how to discuss Contract Cheating with students refer to the Student Academic Integrity Website.
When marking there are some triggers that highlight a student may have submitted work that is not their own. This includes but not limited to having purchased their assessment task from an essay mill or similar essay bank, or had someone else write all or part of the assessment task.
Download the Identifying Contract Cheating While Marking tip sheet.
Bretag, T., & Harper, R. (2017, May12). Assessment design won’t stop cheating, but our relationships with students might. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/assessment-design-wont-stop-cheating-but-our-relationships-with-students-might-76394
Eaton, S. (2018). 15 strategies to detect contract cheating. Retrieved from http://connections.ucalgaryblogs.ca/2018/10/01/15-strategies-to-detect-contract-cheating/
International Center for Academic Integrity. (2016). Institutional toolkit to combat contract cheating. Retrieved from https://academicintegrity.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Toolkit.pdf
Latifi, A. (2018). Universities armed to fight new ‘battlefront’ of cheating students. Retrieved from https://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/5708554/universities-armed-to-fight-new-battlefront-of-cheating-students/
Ellis, C., van Haeringen, K., Harper, R., Bretag, T., Zucker, I., McBride, S., … Saddiqui, S. (2019) Does authentic assessment assure academic integrity? Evidence from contract cheating data. Higher Education Research & Development. doi: 10.1080/07294360.2019.1680956
Harper, R., Bretag, T., Ellis, C., Newton, P., Rozenberg, P., Saddiqui S. & van Haeringen, K. (2018) Contract cheating: a survey of Australian university staff, Studies in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/03075079.2018.1462789
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