What is contract cheating?

Contract cheating occurs when you submit work that has been completed for you by someone else.

The relationship between you and the third party does not matter, nor does it matter whether you pay the other person to do the work.

Contract cheating is considered to be student academic misconduct under the Institutional Framework for Promoting Academic Integrity among Students Policy.

Contract cheating is:

  • obtaining another person’s assignment with the intention of submitting it as your own work
  • engaging a writing service to write an assignment on your behalf
  • providing or receiving exam assistance during an exam e.g. allowing someone to read your paper or copying off another student’s paper
  • sitting an exam for someone else or allowing someone else to sit an exam for you
  • getting another student, family member or friend to help you complete an online quiz or any other assessment item
  • allowing a tutor to rewrite sections of or your entire assignment.

Note: This is not an exhaustive list but a guide as to what is considered to be contract cheating

Contract cheating is not:

  • buying, selling or trading notes (but be aware this behaviour may lead to contract cheating so be careful)
  • sharing your past assignments with others (be aware that this can lead to others using your work to contract cheat which makes you a party to contract cheating and you may receive an academic penalty)
  • studying with other students for exams

Note: Be careful in engaging in these sharing behaviours because your intentions may be good but others may implicate you in contract cheating. Recent research indicates a correlation between people who engage with sharing behaviours and people who cheat.

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