Battling Contract Cheating with the Help of IT Department

By CIOReview | Friday, July 5, 2019

Students need to be made aware of the policies set up and that IT departments have the means to find out who's cheating.

FREMONT, CA: Contract cheating is a kind of academic deceit where students get their assignments completed by others by setting it out to tender. This form of dishonesty is up on the rise in all educational institutions these days, and it is never entirely possible to eradicate it. With the introduction of more barriers, people usually become adamant on breaking them and grow to be better at it.

Copy and paste was the first digital cheating followed by inventing of plagiarism detection check, and this service gave both students and teachers better learning chance. Today, contract cheating also attributed as ghostwriting is taking a peak where a countless number of students are seen investing a lot of money on cheating websites. As pressure starts to ascend, students will continue to hire someone to write original thesis or essays to a specific topic, word count, and style. 

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Below are a few steps that IT departments can take as a precaution to combat contract cheating.

Rattle Spammers and Advertising Agencies

Unethical sites post their advertisements through social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest in addition to notice boards, flyers, classifieds, and campus email lists. Most often these parties impersonate as coaching institutes and send mails to the inventories, and pupils obliviously click on them and end up buying the papers. IT departments need to be watchful in guarding students against ads by getting hold of messages with parodied addresses and jamming admission to the identified cheating websites.

Put Together a Plan to Handle the Proof

It is important for the IT department to record the cases of educational misconduct in the form of the paper trail (documents providing evidence of someone's actions). Many institutions are making use of legal software to manage the issue of misbehavior, and accordingly, there will be a high burden put on the shoulders of the IT to increase their preparedness.

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Caution and Alert Students

This method is easy to follow where educators warn students of a particular website violating the institution's policy and ask not to access the same in addition to alarming them of stringent action if they do so.