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Encourage Your Student to Stand Against Contract Cheating

By Lorena Roberts, Uloop

Your student probably knows all about plagiarism, and more than likely, they sign an academic honesty statement every semester, promising not to cheat or plagiarize their assignments. But what your student might not hear about as often is contract cheating, an industry that exchanges academic work for payment. According to a recent press release, the International Center for Academic Integrity is hosting their third annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating on October 17, 2018.

“Contract Cheating is a growing threat to the quality and integrity of education at higher education institutions around the world,” said Tricia Bertram Gallant, ICAI board member. “Educational institutions, students, citizens, and governments must take a stand against the contract cheating industry, and as educators, we must work diligently to ensure that we are facilitating and assessing learning rather than cheating.”

As many as 16 million people could be awarded fraudulent certifications every year as a result of contract cheating, so it’s a much bigger problem than you may think. In order to stand up against this kind of academic dishonesty, there are three ways your student can get involved:

–       Sign the Pledge: ICAI and Turnitin will be launching a pledge sometime this month to raise awareness about contract cheating. Encourage your student to do their part, sign the pledge, and promise to stand up against the industry that’s giving academic achievement a bad name.

–       Declare Opposition on Social Media: Your student can use the hashtags #DefeatTheCheat and #ExcelWithIntegrity on social media to spread the word about contract cheating! Specifically, the ICAI is encouraging organizations to write messages on whiteboards about their thoughts on academic dishonesty and post them to social media as part of the International Whiteboard Declaration.

–       Advance the cause: Your student can educate faculty, staff, and students about the threat of contract cheating by hosting events on their campus.

If your student would like to register for the event, they can find activities located here.

To join the Facebook event, send your student to this link.

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