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 



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

5th Annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating Registration

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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




    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.


    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

    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). (nd). Contract cheating is a symptom, not the problem. Retrieved from

    2016 Participating Institutions

    American University of Nigeria
    Yola Town, Adamawa State, Nigeria, Africa

    Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University
    Canakkale, Turkey

    Colorado Community Colleges Online
    Denver, Colorado, USA

    Concordia University Chicago
    Denver, Colorado, USA

    Coventry University
    Coventry, UK

    Curtin University
    Perth, Western Australia, Australia

    Deree, The American College of Greece
    Athens, Greece

    ​Florida International University
    Miami, Florida, USA

    Golden Key International Honor Society – University of Tasmania Chapter
    Sandy Bay,

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

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

    Idaho State University – ITRC
    Pocatello, Idaho, USA

    ​Kansas State University
    Manhattan, Kansas, USA

    ​Majan University College
    Muscat, Oman

    Molloy College
    Rockville Center, New York, USA

    Mykolas Romeris University
    Vilnius, Lithuania

    New College Durham
    Durham, UK

    Stevenson University
    Stevenson, Maryland, USA

    Thomas Edison State University
    Trenton, New Jersey, USA

    University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

    University of California, Irvine
    Irvine, California, USA

    ​University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California, USA

    ​University of California, San Diego
    San Diego, California, USA
    @ucsdintgrity (Twitter & Instagram)

    University of Colorado System
    Denver, Colorado, USA

    University of Oklahoma
    Norman, Oklahoma, USA

    University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY, USA

    ​University of South Australia
    Adelaide, Australia

    University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

    ​University of Wisconsin – Stout
    Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA

    University of Wollongong in Dubai
    Dubai, UAE

    Utah State University
    Logan, UT, USA

    Waynesboro High School
    Waynesboro, West Virginia, USA

    West Virginia University
    Morgantown, West Virginia, USA

    Western International University
    Tempe, AZ, USA

    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 

    2018 Participating Institutions

    Africa & the Middle East


    UK & Europe

    United Kingdom


    North America



    United States

    Central & South America

           2019 Participating Institutions

    North America



    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


    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