The International Day of Action (DoA) against Contract Cheating celebrates its fifth anniversary on October 21, 2020. Please join us to make the day the biggest and most successful ever. 

2020 has been a difficult year for students and education. In light of Covid-19, we’re seeing essay mills and contract cheating services ramping up their advertising to take advantage of vulnerable students. In light of the move to online teaching, we’ll be running a range of virtual activities to support the DoA as a whole – and providing you with a variety of ideas to run at your own institution.

Take part by registering your institution below

Meet the IDoA Planning ICAI Subcommittee Members

Meet the IDoA Student Steering Committee

Click here to view Dr. Thomas Lancaster’s September 21st Webinar titled

Taking Action Against Contract Cheating 

 

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AGAINST CONTRACT CHEATING!

 

Register to join us on the 5th International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating on October 21, 2020!

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Aims and Objectives for International Day of Action (IDoA) against Contract Cheating

 

1. To increase awareness in students, teachers at all levels of education, managers, and
administrators in universities, colleges, and schools about the threat that contract
cheating poses to educational standards globally
2. To increase student engagement in helping to plan the IDoA, participate in social
media outreach (social media campaign), and suggest/ coordinate student activities
for the IDoA
3. To increase interaction and activity around the world through interactive virtual
presentations and activities throughout the IDoA
4. To increase the number and participation of international educational organizations to
the IDoA from 2019
5. To create/ revise a media kit can be tailored by leaders (public relations/media staff)
in educational organizations that will promote awareness of IDoA and contract
cheating to the general public
6. To encourage and promote faculty, staff, leaders, and students in educational
organizations to decrease the risk of contract cheating in their organizations

 

Contract cheating

 

Contract cheating has been defined in a number of different ways. Essentially contract cheating is best described as the “outsourcing of student work to third parties” (Lancaster & Clarke, 2016, p. 639).

  

Contract cheating can happen through “family and friends; academic custom writing sites; legitimate learning sites (eg. file sharing, discussion and micro-tutoring sites); legitimate non-learning sites (eg. freelancing sites and online auction sites); paid exam takers; and pre-written essay banks” (Ellis, Zucker, & Randall, 2018, p. 2)

 

The act of contract cheating, and its associated behaviours, undermines learning, erodes learning environments, damages learning relationships, places the student, the faculty/teacher, the educational organization, and society at risk with students who will graduate with knowledge gaps, undeserved academic awards, and a propensity to engage in dishonest behaviours in their professional careers (Guerroro-Dib, Portales, & Heredia-Escorza, 2020; Harding, Carpenter, Finelli, & Passow, 2004; Lancaster, 2020).

 

For current information on contract cheating, and strategies to prevent contract cheating and promote academic integrity in learning environments,  check the Quality Assurance Agency UK’s online report titled Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education at the following link QAA Document 2020 and the Tertiary Education Quality Education Standards (Australia) web page at the following link TEQSA Website Contract Cheating

 

References

 

Ellis, C., Zucker, I.M., & Randall, D. (2018). The infernal business of   contract cheating: Understanding the business processes and models of academic custom writing sites. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 14(1), 1-21. DOI 10.1007/s40979-017-0024-3

 

Guerrero-Dib, J., Portales, L., & Heredia-Escorza, Y. (2020). Impact of academic integrity on workplace ethical behaviour. International Journal for Educational Integrity, 16(2), 1-18. DOI.org/10.1007/s40979-020-0051-3

 

Harding, T., Carpenter, D., Finelli, C. & Passow, H. (2004). Does academic dishonesty relate to unethical behavior in professional practice? An exploratory study. Science and Engineering Ethics, 10(2), 311-324.

 

Lancaster, T. (2020). Academic discipline integration by contract cheating services and essay mills. Journal of Academic Ethics, 18(2), 115-127. DOI:10.1007/s1805-019-09357

Lancaster, T., & Clarke, R. (2016). Contract cheating: The outsourcing of assessed student work. In T. Bretag (Ed.), Handbook of academic integrity (pp. 639-654). Springer-Nature. DOI 10.1007/978-981-287-098-8

Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) UK. (2020). Contracting to cheat in higher education. How to address essay mills and contract cheating (2nd ed). Retrieved from https://www.qaa.ac.uk/docs/qaa/guidance/contracting-to-cheat-in-higher-education-2nd-edition.pdf

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). (nd). Contract cheating is a symptom, not the problem. Retrieved from https://cheatingandassessment.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/SECTOR-RESOURCE-1_CC-symptom-not-problem.pdf

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/
https://twitter.com/tesu_edu

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
https://twitter.com/waterlooai

​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/
https://twitter.com/waynesborohs

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

2018 Participating Institutions

Africa & the Middle East

Australia

UK & Europe

United Kingdom

Europe

North America

Canada

Mexico

United States

Central & South America

       2019 Participating Institutions

North America

Canada 

 

Centennial College 

Conestoga College 

Gonzaga University 

Humber College 

International College of Manitoba 

Lethbridge College 

McMaster University 

Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology

Mount Royal University 

Ryerson University 

St. Edward’s University 

Seneca College 

Sheridan College 

Simon Fraser University

Thompson Rivers University 

University of Calgary 

University of the Fraser Valley

University of Manitoba 

University of Waterloo

Mexico

Tecnologico de Monterrey

Universidad Panamericana

Universidad Tecmilenio

United States 

 

Adelphi University

Ashford University 

Aspen University 

Barton Community College 

Boise State University 

California State University, San Marcos 

Case Western Reserve University 

Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola (Puerto Rico)

College of DuPage

Colorado State University 

Emory University 

Excelsior College 

Florida International University 

Lewis-Clark State College 

Montana Technological University 

Rio Salado College 

Rutgers University – Newark 

Southern New Hampshire University 

Southwest Virginia Community College

Stevenson University 

UC San Diego 

UCSD Rady School of Management

University of Arkansas 

University at Buffalo, SUNY 

University of California, Irvine 

University of California, Merced

University of Georgia

University of Michigan 

University of the Sciences 

University of Windsor 

Walsh College 

West Coast University 

Western Governors University 

West Virginia University

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