BBC News published an article last week confirming that “Contract cheating [by] essay mills [are] to be made illegal in England”
What are Essay Mills?
Essay mills are businesses which effectively offer to write essays for students for a fee. It was reported by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Higher Education that there are well over 1000 essay mills in operation and at IBB Law we have been approached by various students who have fallen prey to blatant advertising by these businesses who offer to perform such services as ‘helping with homework’, offering ‘affordable pricing packages’ and ‘strengthening your writing’. In Education Law, this is simply called ‘cheating’.
Higher Education Students come under a great deal of pressure which leaves them vulnerable to seeking quick solutions offered by business who exploit that vulnerability. The unashamed advertising by these companies could easily lead a student to assume this assistance was lawful.
In 2017, QAA produced guidance on ‘Contracting to Cheat in Higher Education’ following their report in the summer of 2016 about contract cheating amidst rising concerns within the Education sphere about this growing industry.
The impact of contract cheating is widespread, it can lead to:
- Exclusion from the University
- A detrimental impact on the academic integrity of an institution
- Professional bodies employing professionals who are not suitably qualified with potentially disastrous consequences for the service users...
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