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.


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…
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

Coventry University
Priory Street, Coventry, UK
Coventry University London Campus, East India House, London, UK

Humber College – School of Health Sciences
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas, USA 
@kstatehonorcode (Twitter)

​​NUI Galway
Galway, Ireland

Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, UK

Conestoga College
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

Seneca College
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

University of Caglary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
RUacademicintegrity @RU_AIO

Rio Salado College
Tempe, AZ, USA

West Coast University
Anaheim, CA, USA

International Collège of Hotel Management
137 Days Road Regency Park South Australia

Kaplan Business School
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide

Torrens University Australia
680 George St, Sydney.
Campuses in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane

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

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

University of Insubria
Varese and Como, Italy

Mykolas Romeris University
Ateities g. 20, Vilnius, Lithuania

Florida Gulf Coast University 
10501 FGCU Boulevard South, Fort Myers, Florida 33965, USA @FGCUConduct
#AIMHigh Academic Integrity Matters

Deree, The American College of Greece
6 Gravias Street, Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece 15342

European Network for Academic Integrity
Zemedelska 1, Brno, Czech Republic

Majan University College
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman

Rochester Institute of Technology 
Rochester, NY, USA

University of Dubuque 
2000 University Avenue Dubuque, Iowa, USA

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

University of Denver 
Driscoll Student Center North 2055 E. Evans Ave. Denver, CO 80208, USA

Molloy College 
Rockville Centre, New York, USA

London, UK

Waynesboro High School 
1200 W. Main St, Waynesboro VA, USA

University of Maryland University College
3501 University Boulevard East, Adelphi, MD 20783, USA

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
Southgate House, Southgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 1UB, UK

University of Wollongong
Northfields Avenue; Wollongong NSW 2522, Australia

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK

International College of Advanced Education 
17 Chapman Road Rapid Creek NT, Australia

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

Universidad Norbert Wiener 
Lima, Peru

Universidad del Magdalena 

Carrera 32 No 22 – 08, Santa Marta, ColombiaÉtico

Sheridan College
HMC Campus, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Davis Campus, Brampton, Ontario, Canada
​Trafalgar Campus, Oakville, Ontario, Canada

Université du Québec en Outaouais
Gatineau, Québec, Canada

University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California, USA

University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma, USA

​University of South Australia
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

University of Windsor
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

Higher Colleges of Technology – AL AIN MEN’S CAMPUS
AL AIN, United Arab Emirates

Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Brock University
St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

University of Wollongong in Dubai
Knowledge Park, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Florida International University
Miami, Florida, USA

College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, USA

American University of Nigeria
98 Lamido Zubairu Way Yola Township bypass PMB 2250, Yola Adamawa State, Nigeria

University of Maribor
Slomškov trg 15, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

2101 Webster St, Suite 1800 Oakland, California 94612 United States; Also offices in UK, The Netherlands, Mexico, South Korea, Australia, India


University of York 
Heslington, York YO10 5DD, UK

The University of Northampton
Boughton Green Road, Northampton NN2 7AL, United Kingdom
@uninorthants , @northamptonSU

Centrum vedecko-technických informácií (Slovak Centre of Scientific and Technical Information) 
Lamacska cesta 8/A, Bratislava, Slovakia

Cambridge International College 
108 Lonsdale Street Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia

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

Premier Institute of Education
143 Durham Street, Tauranga, New Zealand

Universidad de Monterrey 
Av. Ignacio Morones Prieto 4500, Col. Jesus M. Garza, San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon, Mexico @embajadoresintegridadudem

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

Fiji National University 
Lot 1 Kings Road, Nasinu. (P.O.Box 7222 Nasinu), Fiji Islands

The American University of Afghanistan 
Kabul, Afghanistan
American University of Afghanistan (AUAF)

Staffordshire University Students Union 
Stoke-On-Trent, ST4 2DE, UK

Utah State University 
Logan, UT 84322, USA

Agency “Zitier-Weise” – Science Counselling, Plagiarism Prevention & Detection
Vienna, Austria

University of California Irvine
193 Ayala Science Library, Irvine, CA 92697

Universidad La Salle Victoria 
Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, México

Escuela de Enfermería-RCM-UPR 
Centro Mèdico, San Juan Puerto Rico

Fiji National University Derrick Library