ENAI Working Group

Addressing Contract Cheating

The ‘Addressing Contract Cheating’ group is an ENAI working group dedicated to address contract cheating. The group was formed as a result of a discussion of ENAI members at the 5th International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating Twenty Live in 20 broadcast sessions.

Members

  • Sonja Bjelobaba, Uppsala University, Sweden (head)
  • Zeenath Khan Reza, University of Wollongong in Dubai, Dubai
  • Irene Glendinning, Coventry University, UK
  • Veronika Králíková, Mendel University in Brno, Czechia
  • Salim Razı, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Turkey
  • Shiva Sivasubramaniam, University of Derby, UK
  • Lorna Waddington, School of History, University of Leeds, UK
  • Teddi Fishman, United States
  • Mairéad Boland
  • Özgür Çelik, Balikesir University, Turkey
  • Ruben Comas
  • Robin Crockett
  • Sandie Denn
  • Michael Draper
  • Sue Hackett
  • Thomas Lancaster
  • Olumide Popoola
  • Kübra Uğurlu
  • Regina Valutyte

Mission

The mission of the group is to research, discuss, and educate about different aspects of contract cheating such as prevention, detection, reaction, assimilating and assisting with policy documents, and pedagogical strategies that can decrease the risk of contract cheating in different countries and institutions.

Updated definition of the term of contract cheating
Form of academic misconduct when a person uses an undeclared and/or unauthorized third party to assist them to produce work for academic credit or progression, whether or not payment or other favour is involved.

⸺ Addressing Contract Cheating Working Group

Examples of CC behaviour may include

  • Submitting an essay bought from an essay-mill
  • Stylistic changes during proofreading including lexical and syntactic ones (e.g. word choice, sentence structure, and figurative language) not reflecting an individual author’s use of words to convey the meaning
    • Proofreading refers to increasing readability of the paper with regards to some minor linguistic changes with the original text. Please note, journals usually encourage proofreading as they aim to increase readability of papers that they publish whereas institutions may restrict it for student assignments because the cognitive aim of a writing task is assessing students’ progress in writing. It is important to check policies and clearly indicate that the submitted work is proofread. However, proofreading should never end up with main argument and/or concluding remark changes in the text; otherwise, this will be considered as plagiarism.
  • A parent/partner/spouse/sibling/friend either sharing previous work or assisting in current work
  • Submitting coursework, subject outline, slides to essay/answer services in exchange for solutions
  • Outsourcing assignments to ghostwriters on freelance services
  • Posting exam questions on ‘homework’ sites

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