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Contract Cheating Awareness Week

August 2, 2018

By DUSA

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Ever heard of contract cheating? Contract cheating is when you ask someone else to produce all or part of an assessment task that you submit as your own work, including paying for help from a third party. It can often happen accidentally when you get help from a company pretending to offer academic help or tutoring services.

It’s a serious offense to submit work through contract cheating. This process is not accepted at Deakin and can result in your exclusion from your course and the University.

DUSA is holding Contract Cheating Awareness Week from Monday 20 – Friday 24 August 2018. It’s an opportunity for you to educate yourself about contract cheating. Come along to a campus event to learn more about academic integrity, correctly acknowledging resources and references, how to spot unethical providers, and being truthful in your communication with Deakin. So join us and #defeatthecheat!

Campus events

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Monday 20 August, 12–2pm, Morgan’s Walk (free lunch, photobooth, giveaways and interactive games)
Tuesday 21 August, 12–2pm, Student Central Precinct (fruit, photobooth, giveaways and interactive games)
Thursday 23 August, 12–2pm, Student Central Precinct (fruit, photobooth, giveaways and interactive games)

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Wednesday 22 August, 11.30am–2pm, Cadet Building (free lunch, photobooth, information packs)

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Thursday 23 August, 11.30am–1.30pm, The Gallery (free lunch, photobooth, information packs)

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Referencing workshop

Our referencing workshop will equip you with essential referencing knowledge and an understanding of academic integrity. Harvard and APA referencing styles will be covered, and there will be dedicated time in the workshop for you to ask your burning referencing questions.

Wednesday 29 August, 12.30–1.30pm
Burwood Campus, Room HE1.018
Register now (registrations close on Wednesday 29 August at 8am)
Free (a $10 holding fee is required that will be refunded after the workshop)

FAQs about contract cheating

Tell me more about contract cheating – what exactly is it?

Contract cheating companies masquerade as academic help services to trap Deakin students. They advertise on campus with fake ‘help’ posters, through social media and via websites. These companies use key words like assignment help, educational solutions, online writing services, homework help and plagiarism checking services. They claim to be professionals or experts, and will often promise money-back guarantees. These platforms are not genuine help services: they will not assist you with your learning nor help you achieve academically. Instead they will write assignments, essays and projects for you, which is contract cheating. If you submit the work provided, or part of the work provided to you by these services, you will be caught and you will face academic penalties.

Why would someone contract cheat?

A student might contract cheat for a variety of reasons, including illness, financial disadvantage, social pressures, poor study techniques or cultural differences. Students who cheat often lack understanding of the principles of academic integrity and the expectations of student behaviour at university.

What are the consequences?

The potential penalties for contract cheating include one or more of the following outcomes:

  • zero marks for the assessment task
  • zero marks for the unit
  • suspension from the course or the University for a study period with an automatic right of return
  • exclusion from the course or the University for up to 3 study periods with no automatic right of return
  • permanent exclusion from the course.

You can play our contract cheating game to learn more about what could happen if you’re caught contract cheating.

What help services are available?

Deakin and DUSA provide a range of academic support and welfare services on campus and in the cloud that can assist you with your learning and other areas of your life. Many of the services are free. Come along to our campus events or visit the DUSA website to find out more.


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