Contract cheating is not only a serious form of academic misconduct it’s dishonest.
When you submit an assessment with your name on it you are essentially promising ‘this is my work on this topic’, so when someone else contributes to or completes your assignments for you without the acknowledgement or the permission of your lecturer/examiner then you are seen as cheating.
This includes, but is not limited to these two points:
- an individual, such as a private tutor, family member, previous/current student or friend writing or giving you the assessment item ‘answer’
- a service, such as a tutoring company, document sharing website, editing service, or an assignment writing service, also known as ’ghostwriting’
It’s called ‘contract cheating’ because it involves some kind of exchange, or contract, between two or more people. Sometimes this involves payment, but it can be considered contract cheating even if money isn’t involved.
How can you help solve the problem?
- Speak with your examiner, lecturer or tutor if you’re having difficulties with an assignment or exam, they are there to help you
- Don’t share assignments with friends or offer to help them with the problem they’re facing, encourage them to seek support from USQ academic staff
- If you’re experiencing special circumstances and you are falling behind there is help available, speak to your examiner in the first instance
- For help developing your academic skills, visit the USQ Library Study Support pages.
- If you feel stressed or overwhelmed about your studies, you can visit USQ Counselling and Wellness to talk with someone.
- Don’t trust ANY private services, tutoring, or assignment help services that aren’t affiliated with USQ . There are legitimate services available that can help – check out.
Until next time…