3rd International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating

Congrats to the 88 institutions who participated in our 3rd annual DOA against contract cheating providers! This was a record for us in so many ways. Read more about it in our blog post following the event.

For a bit of time, you’ll see the twitter feed here for the DOA. But, if you scroll down, you’ll see a way to register your institution for 2019!

Stay tuned – in a few months, we’ll have more information about ideas for participating in 2019! Thanks to all who contributed this year!

SPEAK UP & OUT AGAINST CONTRACT CHEATING!

Join us for our 4th International Day of Action against Contract Cheating on October 16th, 2019!

In 2016, for our 1st International Day of Action we had 22 institutions participate around the world and in 2018, we had 88! Let’s double participation in 2019 to see almost 200 institutions participate. Sign up today to join the movement!

We ask that institutions speak up and out against contract cheating by:

2018 Participating Institutions

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.

Learn more about contract cheating

Government Reports

UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Report on contract cheating

TEQSA (2017). Good Practice Note: Addressing Contract Cheating to Safeguard Academic Integrity

News Reports

Contract Cheating (UC San Diego’s The Guardian)

Essays for Sale (International Business Times)

History Essay in the Making (The Guardian)

When Essays for Sale Become Contract Cheating (the BBC)

Thirteen Engineering Students Expelled from Deakin University (Daily Mail)

The Man Who Helps Students to Cheat (BBC News)

Cheating “Hot Spots”: The Crackdown on Contract Cheating in Universities. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

£630 and I’ll Put You on the Way to a First. (The Sunday Times)

“Essay Mills” to Be Subject to Prosecution under New Law. (Irish Legal News)

Essay Mills: University Course Work to Order. (Times Higher Education)

Essays for Sale: The Booming Online Industry in Writing Academic Work to Order. (The Guardian)

University Lecturers Are Topping up Earnings by Helping Students Cheat, Review Suggests. (The Telegraph)

Students’ Use of Contract Cheaters Who Auction off Homework to Dark Web Ghostwriters Rising, Professor Warns (CBC News)

Cheating goes global as essay mills multiply. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

What To Do About Contract Cheating (Campus Technology)

University Bosses Call for Bans on Essay Writing Companies (BBC)

Students Lured into Life of Cheating as Ghostwriters (The  Mirror)

How to Stop the Educational Certificate Fraudsters (Global Banking & Finance Review)

Call for Essay Mills Ban to Ease University Cheating Pressures (The Yorkshire Post)

Presentations

Bertram Gallant & Balibalos. The Cultural Implications of Contract Cheating

Eaton (2018). Academic outsourcing: Essay mills, theses-on-demand, and contract cheating

Lancaster & Clarke (2012). The New Challenges of Contract Cheating

Yorke (2015). Breaking bad? Contract cheating and the threat to standards.

Research & Writings

Bailey, Tomar, & Chu, J. (2012). Paying for Plagiarism.

Bertram Gallant (2016). Response to White’s ‘Shadow Scholars and the Rise of the Dissertation Service Industry.

Bretag, Harper, Burton, Ellis, Newton, Rozenberg, et al. (2018). Contract cheating: a survey of Australian University Students.

Clarke & Lancaster (2007). Establishing a systematic six-stage process for detecting contract cheating

Clarke & Lancaster (2013). Commercial aspects of contract cheating

Curtis & Clare (2017). How prevalent is contract cheating and to what extent are students repeat offenders?

Dawson & Sutherland-Smith (2017). Can markers detect contract cheating? Results from a pilot study.

Dickerson. (2007). Facilitated plagiarism: the saga of term-paper mills and the failure of legislation and litigation to control them.

Draper, Ibezim, & Newton (2017). Are essay mills committing fraud? an analysis of their behaviours vs the 2006 Fraud Act (UK).

Draper & Newton (2017). A legal approach to tackling contract cheating?

Ellis, Zucker, & Randall. (2018). The infernal business of contract cheating: understanding the business processes and models of academic custom writing sites.

Foltynek & Kralikova (2018). Analysis of the contract cheating market in Czechia.

Harper, Bretag, Burton, Ellis, Newton, Rozenberg, et al. (2018). Contract cheating: a Survey of Australian University Staff

IJEI (2017). The Rise of Contract Cheating in Higher Education: Academic Fraud Beyond Plagiarism

Katkins (2018). Contract cheating advertisements: What they tell us about international students’ attitudes to academic integrity.

Lancaster & Clark (2012). Dealing with Contract Cheating: A Matter of Attribution

Lancaster & Clarke (2016). Contract cheating: the outsourcing of assessed student work

Lancaster & Clarke (2017). Rethinking assessment by examination in the age of contract cheating.

Mahmood (2009). Contract cheating: a new phenomenon in cyber-plagiarism.

Newton & Lang (2016). Custom essay writers, freelancers, and other paid third parties

O’Malley & Roberts (2012). Plagiarism on the rise? combating contract cheating in science courses.

Owings & Nelson (2014). The essay industry

Rigby, Burton, Balcombe, Bateman, & Mulatu (2015). Contract cheating & the market in essays.

Rogerson (2014). Detecting the work of essay mills and file swapping sites: Some clues they leave behind.

Rogerson (2017). Detecting contract cheating in essay and report submissions: Process, patterns, clues and conversations.

Rowland, Slade, Wong, & Whiting (2017). “Just Turn to Us”: the persuasive features of contract cheating websites.

Steel (2017). Contract cheating: Will students pay for serious criminal consequences?

Stella-Maris & Awala-Ale (2017). Exploring students’ perception and experience of ghostwriting and contract cheating in Nigeria higher education institutions.

Tauginiene & Jurkevicius (2017). Ethical and legal observations on contract cheating services as an agreement.

Walker & Townley (2012). Contract cheating: a new challenge for academic honesty?

Wallace & Newton (2014). Turnaround time and market capacity in contract cheating.

White (2016). Shadow scholars and the rise of the dissertation service industry: Can we maintain academic integrity?

Websites

http://www.contractcheating.com/

Blog Postings

Anonymous (2013). Why I Write for an Essay Mill. (Times Higher Education).

Bertram Gallant (2018). Taking a stand against contract cheating.

Eaton (2018). Website hijacking by contract cheating companies

If you have resources to add to this page, email info@academicintegrity.org

2016 Participating Institutions

American University of Nigeria
Yola Town, Adamawa State, Nigeria, Africa
aun.edu.ng

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

Colorado Community Colleges Online
Denver, Colorado, USA
www.ccconline.org

Concordia University Chicago
Denver, Colorado, USA
www.cuchicago.edu

Coventry University
Coventry, UK
www.coventry.ac.uk

Curtin University
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
academicintegrity.curtin.edu.au

Deree, The American College of Greece
Athens, Greece
www.acg.edu

​Florida International University
Miami, Florida, USA
http://integrity.fiu.edu

Golden Key International Honor Society – University of Tasmania Chapter
Sandy Bay, Tasmaniagktas.weebly.com
www.facebook.com/utasgoldenkeysociety

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

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
healthsciences.humber.ca

Idaho State University – ITRC
Pocatello, Idaho, USA
​www.isu.edu/itrc

​Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas, USA
​www.k-state.edu/honor/honorcouncil

​Majan University College
Muscat, Oman
majancollege.edu.om
facebook.com/majancollege
@majan_college

Molloy College
Rockville Center, New York, USA
www.molloy.edu/academicintegrity

Mykolas Romeris University
Vilnius, Lithuania
www.mruni.eu/en
https://www.facebook.com/MykoloRomerioUniversitetas

New College Durham
Durham, UK
www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk
www.facebook.com/NewCollegeDurham
​@NCDOfficial​

Stevenson University
Stevenson, Maryland, USA
www.stevenson.edu
@SUintegrity

Thomas Edison State University
Trenton, New Jersey, USA
www.tesu.edu
https://www.facebook.com/thomasedisonstate/

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
http://honesty.uark.edu
https://www.facebook.com/uarkhonesty
@honestyuark

University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, USA
https://aisc.uci.edu/

​University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, USA
www.deanofstudents.ucla.edu

​University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California, USA
http://academicintegrity.ucsd.edu
https://www.facebook.com/ucsdintegrity
@ucsdintgrity (Twitter & Instagram)

University of Colorado System
Denver, Colorado, USA
www.cu.edu

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

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY, USA
http://www.rochester.edu/college/honesty/index.html
https://www.facebook.com/academichonestyproject/?fref=ts

​University of South Australia
Adelaide, Australia
www.cheatingandassessment.edu.au
@traceybretag

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

​University of Wisconsin – Stout
Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA
​http://www.uwstout.edu/ethicscenter/
​@stout_ethics

University of Wollongong in Dubai
Dubai, UAE
www.uowdubai.ac.ae

Utah State University
Logan, UT, USA
https://studentconduct.usu.edu/

Waynesboro High School
Waynesboro, West Virginia, USA
http://www.whs.waynesboro.k12.va.us/

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
www.wvu.edu
https://www.facebook.com/wvumountaineers
https://twitter.com/WestVirginiaU/

Western International University
Tempe, AZ, USA
http://www.wintu.edu

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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