Contract cheating

Contract cheating occurs when one person completes academic work (e.g., assignment, exam, paper, test, quiz, exam) for another who then submits it for academic credit. This behavior undermines the quality and integrity of the degree, and it undermines the entire educational system.

According to experts, contract cheating:

  • accounts for about 1/5 of the plagiarism in papers submitted to turnitin (Newton & Lang, 2016)
    is a self-reported practice of at least 7% of students (Turnitin, 2013)
  • is a booming, lucrative business – between 2005-2013, “nearly 19,000 attempts at contract cheating” was made by students (Matthews, 2013)

UK’s Quality Assurance Agency released a report August 2016 about the scourge of contract cheating. It provides more information on the scope and damage of this industry.

SPEAK UP & OUT AGAINST CONTRACT CHEATING!

For our 2nd International Day of Action against Contract Cheating on October 18th, 2017 – Global Ethics Day – we ask that institutions speak up and out against contract cheating by:

In 2016, for our 1st International Day of Action we had:
87 #excelwithintegrity posts reached 20,951 people & made 36,003 impressions
90 #defeatthecheat posts reach 16,946 people & 32,283 impressions

What is a Whiteboard Declaration?

A declaration is a positive statement FOR integrity and against contract cheating. It lets everyone know that we want to bring down the contract cheating industry (#defeatthecheat) and engage in learning (#excelwithintegrity).

​To have your campus participate in the Whiteboard Declarations on the October 18th International Day of Action, complete the following steps:

Step 1. Buy 4-6 Whiteboards
Buy some hand-held size (8 1/2 x 11 or 11 x 14) whiteboards with dry-erase marker.

Step 2. Plan Your Event
Plan a time and book a space for the event on October 18th. Book a space that will put your out in an area where students, faculty and staff will be – on a common walkway, in a eating facility, in the library (make sure you get permission!). We suggest planning for a 2 hour window (like 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at least.

We also suggest that you think about what you want to convey to students at the event. For example, you could just convey “don’t contract cheat!” but you might want to convey services or techniques to help students and faculty limit contract cheating. For example, perhaps you’ll tell students about stress relieving or time management techniques or you’ll tell faculty about ways to design assessments so contract cheating is reduced. Be creative!

Step 3. Print Postcards & Stickers
To educate your community about contract cheating, you can download sample postcards and stickers that UCSD created, edit them for your own campus, and then have them printed for distribution the day of. Of course, you can also create your own if you’d rather. Just make sure to give yourself enough time to get this done before October 18th!

Think about distributing other campus-specific integrity, stress management, time management, writing or learning center handouts at the event as well!

Step 4. Advertise the Event
Use social media (e.g., facebook, twitter, instagram) and flyers posted around campus to advertise the event. When you use social media, we ask that you use #defeatthecheat and #excelwithintegrity, although you can add other hashtags as well.

Step 5. Prep Your Whiteboards
​​On each Whiteboard, write at the top:

Contract cheating is wrong because…
OR
I don’t contract cheat because….

And on the bottom, write:

#defeatthecheat #excelwithintegrity

Step 6. On the Day Of
Pack up the following supplies:
iphones or androids to take pictures and tweet or instagram the photos
postcards, stickers and other educational materials
any integrity related merch that you have
whiteboards & markers
And head out to your event space to do the following:
Stop people to tell them about contract cheating while giving them a postcard and any other handouts from your institution;
Ask them to make a declaration and take their picture!
Give them an “I Pledge” sticker to wear
Tweet, instagram or facebook the picture with the hashtag(s) so that we can track them online!

2017 Participating Institutions

Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
Canakkale, Turkey
www.comu.edu.tr

Coventry University
Priory Street, Coventry, UK
Coventry University London Campus, East India House, London, UK
www.coventry.ac.uk

Humber College – School of Health Sciences
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
www.humber.ca

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://healthsciences.humber.ca
https://www.facebook.com/Humber-Health-Sciences
@humberhealthsci

Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas, USA
www.k-state.edu/honor/honorcouncil
https://www.facebook.com/kstatehonorandintegrity/ 
@kstatehonorcode (Twitter)

​​NUI Galway
Galway, Ireland
www.nuigalway.ie

Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, UK
www.shu.ac.uk

Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
https://www.conestogac.on.ca/

Seneca College
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.senecacollege.ca/
http://seneca.libguides.com/academichonesty

University of Caglary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
www.ucalgary.ca

Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
http://www.ryerson.ca/academicintegrity/
RUacademicintegrity @RU_AIO

Rio Salado College
Tempe, AZ, USA
academic.integrity.riosalado.edu
@RioSaladoCollege

West Coast University
Anaheim, CA, USA

International Collège of Hotel Management
137 Days Road Regency Park South Australia
Ichm.edu.au

Kaplan Business School
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide
http://www.kbs.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/KBS-Academic-Integrity-and-Conduct-Feb-2017-v1.2.pdf

Torrens University Australia
680 George St, Sydney.
Campuses in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane
www.torrens.edu.au

Centennial College
941 Progress Ave., Toronto, ON, M1G 3T8, Canada
@CentennialLib

Mount Royal University
4825 Mount Royal Gate SW Calgary Alberta T3E 56K6, Canada
mtroyal.ca

University of Insubria
Varese and Como, Italy
http://www4.uninsubria.it/

Mykolas Romeris University
Ateities g. 20, Vilnius, Lithuania
http://www.mruni.eu/lt/
@MykoloRomerioUniversitetas

Florida Gulf Coast University 
10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, Florida 33965, USA https://www2.fgcu.edu/studentservices/StudentConduct/ @FGCUConduct
#AIMHigh Academic Integrity Matters

Deree, The American College of Greece
6 Gravias Street, Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece 15342
www.acg.eduTheAmericanCollegeOfGreece
@integritygreece

European Network for Academic Integrity
Zemedelska 1, Brno, Czech Republic
www.academicintegrity.eu
academicintegrity.eu
@enaintegrity

Majan University College
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
majancollege.edu.om
http://facebook.com/majancollege
@majan_college

Rochester Institute of Technology 
Rochester, NY, USA
http://www.rit.edu/twc/academicintegrity

University of Dubuque 
2000 University Avenue Dubuque, Iowa, USA
www.dbq.edu

DRS International School
Campus, Survey No. 523 Opp.Apparel Park, Gundla Pochampally, Medchal Mandal, R.R. District : 500100, Telangana, India. http://www.drsinternational.com/

University of Denver 
Driscoll Student Center North 2055 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80208, USA
https://www.du.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/index.html

Molloy College 
Rockville Centre, New York, USA
www.molloy.edu
#molloylife

Epigeum 
London, UK
https://www.epigeum.com/academic-integrity/
@epigeum

Waynesboro High School 
1200 W. Main St, Waynesboro VA, USA www.whs.waynesboro.k12.va.us

University of Maryland University College
3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, MD 20783, USA
http://www.umuc.edu/current-students/learning-resources/academic-integrity/

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
Southgate House, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1UB, UK http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en
@QAAtweets

University of Wollongong
Northfields Avenue; Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia http://www.uow.edu.au/academic-integrity/index.html
uow

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK
www.ntu.ac.uk

International College of Advanced Education 
17 Chapman Road Rapid Creek NT, Australia
www.icae.edu.au
@ICAEAustralia

Centro de Lenguas Ibero 
Torreón Torreón, Coahuila, México
CLC Ibero Torreón

Universidad Norbert Wiener 
Lima, Peru
Www.uwiener.edu.pe

Universidad del Magdalena 

Carrera 32 No 22 – 08, Santa Marta, Colombia http://www.unimagdalena.edu.co/
https://www.facebook.com/VOCES-Unimagdalena-Veedores-del-Pacto-Ético

Sheridan College
HMC Campus, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Davis Campus, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
​Trafalgar Campus, Oakville, Ontario, Canada
https://www.sheridancollege.ca/life-at-sheridan/student-services/library-services/academic-integrity.aspx

Université du Québec en Outaouais
Gatineau, Québec, Canada
https://uqo.ca/integrite

University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
http://academicintegrity.ucsd.edu
https://www.facebook.com/ucsdintegrity
@ucsdintgrity

University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma, USA
http://integrity.ou.edu/
https://www.facebook.com/integritycouncil

​University of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
www.unisa.edu.au
@UniSAintegrity

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
https://uwaterloo.ca/academic-integrity/
​http://www.facebook.com/university.waterloo
@waterlooai

University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
www.uwindsor.ca/aio
https://www.facebook.com/UWindsorAIO/

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
honesty.uark.edu
@uarkhonesty

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
ahc.ua.edu

Higher Colleges of Technology – AL AIN MEN’S CAMPUS
AL AIN, United Arab Emirates
www.hct.ac.ae
@aamc

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html

Brock University
St Catharines, Ontario, Canada
http://brocku.ca/academic-integrity

University of Wollongong in Dubai
Knowledge Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
www.uowdubai.ac.ae
@UOWD

Florida International University
Miami, Florida, USA
Integrity.fiu.edu
fiuintegrity

College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA
http://www.codlrc.org/academichonesty

American University of Nigeria
98 Lamido Zubairu Way Yola Township bypass PMB 2250, Yola Adamawa State, Nigeria
www.aun.edu.ng

University of Maribor
Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
https://www.um.si/Strani/default.aspx
https://www.um.si/Strani/default.aspx
@UniverzaM

Turnitin
2101 Webster St, Suite 1800 Oakland, California 94612 United States; Also offices in UK, The Netherlands, Mexico, South Korea, Australia, India
turnitin.com
www.facebook.com/TurnitinTeachers
@Turnitin

URKUND
Stockholm
urkund.com
@URKUND

University of York 
Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK
www.york.ac.uk/integrity
@integrity_york

The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL, United Kingdom https://www.northampton.ac.uk/ilt/academic-development/academic-integrity/
@uninorthants , @northamptonSU

Centrum vedecko-technických informácií (Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information) 
Lamacska cesta 8/A, Bratislava, Slovakia
http://www.cvtisr.sk/en.html?page_id=58

Cambridge International College 
108 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia www.cambridgecollege.com.au
https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeCollegeAUS/

Christ’s Church Academy, National Honor Society
10850 Old St. Augustine Re, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
CCA jax.org

Premier Institute of Education
143 Durham Street, Tauranga, New Zealand
www.pie.ac.nz

Universidad de Monterrey 
Av. Ignacio Morones Prieto 4500, Col. Jesus M. Garza, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico http://www.centrodeintegridadacademica.org.mx/ @embajadoresintegridadudem

Majan University College 
Muscat, Oman
majancollege
majan_college (Twitter) majancollege (instagram)

Fiji National University 
Lot 1 Kings Road, Nasinu. (P.O.Box 7222 Nasinu), Fiji Islands http://www.fnu.ac.fj/new/

The American University of Afghanistan 
Kabul, Afghanistan
www.auaf.edu.af
American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)

Staffordshire University Students Union 
Stoke-On-Trent, ST4 2DE, UK
www.staffsunion.com
https://www.facebook.com/staffsunion/

Utah State University 
Logan, UT 84322, USA
https://testing.usu.edu/students/contract_cheating

Agency “Zitier-Weise” – Science Counselling, Plagiarism Prevention & Detection
Vienna, Austria
www.plagiatpruefung.at
https://www.facebook.com/zitatambulanz/
@Plagiatpruefung

University of California Irvine
193 Ayala Science Library, Irvine, CA 92697
writingcenter.uci.edu
https://www.facebook.com/writingcenteruci

Universidad La Salle Victoria 
Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, México
www.ulsavictoria.edu.mx

Escuela de Enfermería-RCM-UPR 
Centro Mèdico, San Juan Puerto Rico
http://enfermeria.rcm.upr.edu

Fiji National University Derrick Library 
Samabula,Suva,Fiji
fnuderricklibrary

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