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Understanding Student Experiences with Commercial Contract Cheating and Other Outsourcing Behaviours

This research project involved a collaboration between the Alberta Council on Academic Integrity (ACAI) and Bow Valley College. The research explored post-secondary student experiences of contract cheating and stress students encounter while completing their programs.

Abstract:

Purpose: The primary goal of the project was to better understand post-secondary student experiences of contract cheating and the stress students encounter while completing their programs.

Methods: Survey research methodology, using well-established measures from contract cheating research and research on the stress process were used to collect closed and open-ended responses from career program learners in a community college in Alberta. Responses were collected in Survey Monkey, an online survey tool, from 916 participants in October 2021.

Results: Survey results overall indicated student involvement in contract cheating. Differences between commercial contract cheating and sharing behaviour were revealed. High levels of stress were reported, and type of stress varied across contract cheating behaviour.

Implications: The results of this study add to the continually growing body of knowledge of academic integrity in Canada. They will also expand on knowledge of the stress students experience and the personal and social resources they have access to while completing their programs and how this may relate to contract cheating.

Key Words: contract cheating, academic integrity, academic dishonesty, plagiarism, stress

This resource is available as a free downloadable resource:

PDF – Ferguson et al. 2022-compressed.pdf

Authors: Ferguson, Corrine; Toye, Margaret; Carver, Christina; Pictin, Tonisha; Eaton, Sarah Elaine; Boisvert, Sheryl

Cite this resource as:

Ferguson, C. D., Toye, M. A., Carver, C., Pictin, T., Eaton, S. E., & Boisvert, S. (2022). Understanding Student Experiences of Commercial Contract Cheating and Other Outsourcing Behaviours – Research Report. Calgary: Bow Valley College.

Resource: Parallels Between the Contract Cheating Industry and Organized Crime

The global contract cheating industry is worth billions of dollars. It includes, but is not limited to essay mills, term paper mills, thesis-writing services, unethical tutoring, and unethical file-sharing. The industry shares characteristics with organized crime. This resource shows some of the parallels between the commercial contract cheating industry and organized crime.

Alberta Council on Academic Integrity (ACAI) logo 2021

Members of the Contract Cheating Working Group of the Alberta Council on Academic Integrity have developed a new open access resource, “Parallels Between the Contract Cheating Industry and Organized Crime”.

Abstract:

The global contract cheating industry is worth billions of dollars. It includes, but is not limited to essay mills, term paper mills, thesis-writing services, unethical tutoring, and unethical file-sharing. The industry shares characteristics with organized crime. This resource shows some of the parallels between the commercial contract cheating industry and organized crime.

This resource is available as a free downloadable resource:

Microsoft Word – ACAI Contract Cheating and Organized Crime 2021-04.docx

Authors: Dustin Grue (NorQuest College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Sheryl Boisvert (NorQuest College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), & Sarah Elaine Eaton (University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Cite this resource as:
Grue, D., Eaton, S. E., & Boisvert, S. (2021). Parallels Between the Contract Cheating Industry and Organized Crime. Parallels Between the Contract Cheating Industry and Organized Crime. Alberta Council on Academic Integrity: Contract Cheating Working Group. http://hdl.handle.net/1880/113323