This is an introductory discussion about the commercial contract cheating industry (e.g., term paper mills, homework completion services, and paid imposters who take exams on behalf of students). One question people often ask is, “Why aren’t these services illegal?” The short answer is: Academic cheating services are not currently illegal in Canada, but they are in other countries. In this session, we’ll provide an overview of which countries have successfully enacted legislation against the predatory industries that profit from academic misconduct. We will provide an overview of the legal structures in Canada that might facilitate or present barriers to such legislation being enacted in this country. We do not promise answers or solutions to the complex issue of contract cheating, but instead, provide an evidence base for deeper discussion.
Facilitators: Alicia Adlington, Dr. Sarah Eaton, PhD