Assiniboine's Policy A25 includes the following in its definition of cheating:
Contract cheating, essay mills, and auction platforms are collectively called the Industry (Hersey, 2019) in academic integrity research. Newton (2018) specifies the act of payment as the factor which makes contract cheating “deliberate, pre-planned and intentional” (p.2).
Outsourcing work, however, does not always involve formal contracts or the exchange of money (Bretag et al., 2019). At Assiniboine, cheating has involved students asking or allowing the following people to write their assignments:
This has been done in exchange for favours or stopping bullying.
Sometimes these incidents of academic misconduct come from confusion or lack of awareness. At other times, students have actively sought to outsource their work to third parties.
Canada is currently tied for second place among “countries where students engage in contract cheating” (Toye et al., 2019). Assiniboine is no exception.
An initiative to first track then block access to websites offering contract cheating and plagiarism websites showed that Assiniboine students:
Students using these sites risk:
Contract cheating sites are businesses whose concern is profit, despite marketing themselves to students as “study guides” and “homework help”. They're not concerned about students:
The Learning Commons works to bring awareness about contract cheating to the Assiniboine learning community throughout Manitoba in various ways, including:
Contact Josh in the library for more information.