Cheat with a Tweet

File under: "Be Careful What You Wish For" - complaining about (or even mentioning) that upcoming paper on Twitter could set off an avalanche of responses offering to "help."

"It used to be that if students wanted someone to write an essay for them, they had to track someone down themselves. But these days an overwhelmed or desperate student can unintentionally summon legions of eager essay ghostwriters by merely venting frustration on Twitter."

via How Twitter Hooks Up Students With Ghostwriters

Read more at https://www.chronicle.com/article/How-Twitter-Hooks-Up-Students/242299

"I may have a Ph.D., but I’m not perfect" - Profs share their own cheating stories


"There’s definitely students that are lazy and are just cheating for the fun of it, but I think a huge part of it is how we’re teaching,"

Sam Hosington writes about three college professors who cheated as students and how those experiences have impacted their reactions to and understanding of cheating behaviors in their own students.

Read more online www.chronicle.com/article/They-Once-Cheated-in-Class/241415 [no login necessary]

Hosington, S. (2017, October 10). They once cheated in class. Now they teach. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from www.chronicle.com/article/They-Once-Cheated-in-Class/241415

ALP Student Survey - Fall 2017

An ongoing survey of ALP English students' perceptions of cheating.

Responses were collected from 38 students in 5 sections of ALP English, Fall 2017.

Academic Honesty Poll (adapted from Rittner & Khan, 2004)

  1. Have you ever been tempted to cheat on a test, homework or other school assignment? Y=68%
  2. Would you cheat if you knew you wouldn’t get caught? Y=61%
  3. Is it acceptable to cheat on something small like a pop quiz or a group assignment? Y=32%
  4. Do you think it is more acceptable to cheat on a test in a topic you don’t care about? Y=24%
  5. Would you report someone for cheating? Y=11%
  6. Which of the following is cheating (Check all that apply):
    • a. A friend lets you copy their homework because you left yours at home. Y=63%
    • b. A friend in the class before yours tells you what’s going to be on the test. Y=34%
    • c. You hand in a paper you wrote for a different class. Y=24%
    • d. A friend gives you a copy of last year’s final exam answers, which turns out to be the same exam. Y=71%
    • e.You have an open-book test and use a friend’s notes. Y=24%
    • f. You find a paper on a similar topic online and use a few sentences verbatim. Y=76%
  7. Have you ever cheated on something personal (like a diet, exercise regimen, crossword puzzle or your budget)? Y=82%
    • Did you win?



Battling Cheating with Culture, Not Technology

stop-1207069_640.jpgHow do you define cheating in the classroom? Do your students share that definition?

Margaret Barthel's 2016 article in The Atlantic cites the dire statistics that show the prevalence of cheating across American colleges and universities. Experts, including the current director of the ICAI, argue that the answer isn't technological advances that can help us catch cheaters, but a shift in our culture that encourages open discussions about academic integrity and a community-wide commitment to honesty.

“There has to be space to fail. . . .There has to be an opportunity for [students] to attempt something, screw it up, and then to get feedback and correct it, without it being a semester-killing matter.”

Read more at How to Stop Cheating in College

Contract Cheating in Higher Ed

stop-the-black-market.png"The recent explosion in contract cheating has given the international community of academic integrity scholars pause for thought. ‘Contract cheating’ is not the same as the less sinister and more widely accepted practice of ‘ghostwriting’ and has ramifications for individuals’ learning outcomes, institutional reputations, educational standards/credibility, professional practice and public safety, particularly if it is somehow normalised as an acceptable way for academic work to be accomplished."

Learn more about contract cheating from SpringerOpen's post "The rise of contract cheating in higher education: Academic fraud beyond plagiarism".
Also: check out the following case studies from the most recent issue of the International Journal for Educational Integrity:

  • Baird, M. and Clare, J. (2017). Removing the opportunity for contract cheating in business capstones: a crime prevention case study
  • Clare, J., Walker, S. and Hobson, J. (2017). Can we detect contract cheating using existing assessment data? Applying crime prevention theory to an academic integrity issue

Plagiarism at Commencement

Graduates.jpgKansas community college leader accused of plagiarizing May commencement speech

In 2004, Hampton University valedictorian Tim Lee used the poem “The New ABC’s,” by Sherri ScottNovoa, in his commencement speech without attribution. In May, John D. Rios, chairman of Kansas City Kansas Community College, gave an eerily similar commencement speech, again without attribution.

Read more at www.kansascity.com/news/local/article166536302.html

Students: COD Wants Your Creative Ideas!

COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest

Enter to win $$$
AIcontest.pngThis semester the Academic Integrity Implementation Committee is hosting a contest to name the Academic Integrity information campaign and want your creative ideas for a tagline or slogan that the College can use when communicating the importance of honesty in all academic endeavors. The caption selected for the campaign will be used in advertising, publicity and informational materials for the College’s Academic Integrity initiative, slated to start this fall.

The first prize is a $1500 award that can be used towards tuition as well as in our bookstore. There will also be two $500 prizes awarded.

For more information and to submit your entry, visit www.codlrc.org/AcademicHonesty/contest

COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest

Thank you for your creative ideas!

Thank you to everyone who submitted creative ideas to the Academic Integrity Slogan Contest!
We are no longer accepting submissions.
The winners of the contest will be announced by Wednesday, September 20th.


Share your ideas and win prizes

This semester we are hosting a contest to name the Academic Integrity information campaign and want your creative ideas for a tagline that the College can use when communicating the importance of honesty in all academic endeavors. The caption selected for the campaign will be used in advertising, publicity and informational materials for the College’s Academic Integrity initiative, slated to start this fall.

The first prize is a $1500 award that can be used towards tuition as well as in our bookstore. There will also be two $500 prizes awarded.

COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest Official Rules and Regulations


The COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest is open to students who are currently enrolled at College of DuPage. Only persons residing in the United States, or international students who are attending COD, who are at least 18 years of age or have parental consent can enter. Entrants must agree to all terms and conditions required by COD. The Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, provincial/territorial, and local laws and is void where prohibited. All prizes and awards are includible in gross income (Code Sec. 74 (a); Reg. § 1.74-1(a)) and as such are taxable.

The following individuals are not eligible: COD employees and their immediate family members, contractors, COD Board members or anyone affiliated with the design, development, production or judging of the Contest. Entrants who do not meet the above eligibility requirements will be immediately disqualified.

How to Enter

To submit your ideas, complete the COD Academic Integrity Slogan Contest Entry Form and email as an attachment to academicintegrity@cod.edu [PDF] [Word]

We are looking for creative ideas from real students. We want to hear how you think we can best communicate the importance of academic integrity to the COD Community - students, faculty and staff. Once the entry form is completed and the entry is submitted, the entry is final and may not be modified or edited.

The Contest entry period begins Monday, August 21, 2017 and ends Friday, September 8, 2017. Submissions submitted after September 8, 2017 will not be considered.

By submitting an entry, the entrant agrees that the entry complies with all conditions stated in these official rules and regulations. College of DuPage will bear no legal liability, either expressed or implied, regarding the use of the entry by College of DuPage and shall be held harmless by the entrant in the event it is subsequently discovered that the entrant has departed from or not fully complied with any of the official rules.

Submission Requirements

*************SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED***********
All ideas must be submitted using the PDF or Word form via e-mail. Ideas must follow the COD Code of Student Conduct and be appropriate for general public audiences.

You may submit as ideas as you like during the Contest submission period. Each idea can only be credited to one person; joint entries will not be accepted.

Submissions cannot infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, moral rights, or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity. Determinations about the suitability of content based on this section shall be made by COD, in its sole discretion.

Any submission that does not meet each of these submission requirements may be disqualified.

Selection Procedures

Approved submissions will undergo review by the COD Academic Integrity Implementation Committee. In addition, selected ideas may be featured on other COD sites.

Winners will be notified by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

One (1) Grand Prize Winner and two (2) Runners-up will be chosen from the finalists.

By Wednesday, September 20, 2017, the winners will be notified by email and/or phone. Any potential prize winner who cannot be contacted within ten (10) days of first attempted notification will forfeit his/her prize and an alternate may be selected.

Use of Submissions by COD

Each entrant, by submission of an entry, irrevocably grants COD and its affiliates, legal representatives, assignees, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, display, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), the entrant's submission and each element of the entrant's submission, in each case, as submitted or as edited/modified in any way by COD, in its sole discretion, as well as to use entrant's name, likeness, photograph (collectively, "Likeness"), and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the entrant's name) for any purpose, without limitation as to time or territory, and without compensation or approval from the entrant or any other party. Entrant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude COD's use of the entrant's submission or any element of the entrant's submission, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against COD for the use of the idea or any element of the submission, title, description or entrant's Likeness or statements.

Disclaimers and Other Terms and Conditions of Contest

Each entrant agrees not to submit any entry that (1) infringes any 3rd party proprietary, intellectual property, industrial property, personal rights or other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligation; or (2) otherwise violates applicable law in any countries in the world. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each entrant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified COD, its trustees, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives and assigns harmless at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the participant and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. To the maximum extent permitted by law, each participant indemnifies and agrees to keep indemnified COD, its trustees, agents, directors, officers, employees, representatives and assigns harmless at all times from and against any liability, actions, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses for or in respect of which COD will or may become liable by reason of or related or incidental to any act, default or omission by a participant under these rules including without limitation resulting from or in relation to any breach, non-observance, act or omission whether negligent or otherwise, pursuant to these official rules by a participant.

To the extent permitted by law, the rights to litigate, to seek injunctive relief or to make any other recourse to judicial or any other procedure in case of disputes or claims resulting from or in connection with this Contest are hereby excluded, and any entrant expressly waives any and all such rights. Entrants agree that these rules are governed by the laws of the state of Illinois.

COD is not responsible for electronic transmission errors resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission. COD is not responsible for theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions or limitations of any kind. COD is not responsible for inaccurate transmissions of or failure to receive entry information by COD on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof. If for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, disruption or termination of the Facebook website for any reason or any other causes which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, COD reserves the right at its sole discretion to immediately cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest. COD reserves the right to select winners from eligible entries received as of the termination date. COD further reserves the right to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any web site or undermine the legitimate operation of the Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, and COD reserves the right to seek damages from any such entrant to the fullest extent of the law.

If any provision(s) of these rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.


Questions regarding this Contest should be directed to the Academic Integrity Implementation Committee at [email protected]


Pulling the Plug to Stop Cheaters

No Internet
In a desperate measure to prevent leaks, Ethiopia shut down internet access for its entire population while 10th graders sat for their national exams this past May. The government hopes to prevent a repeat of last year's online leak of 12th grade national exams.

Read more at:

Cheating on the Rise? Or Improved Methods of Detection?

exam (1).pngIn Sweden, college student suspensions as the result of cheating have increased by 37.5% since 2013. Are more Swedish students cheating or are instructors and administrators better prepared to identify cheaters?

In its review of 33 universities in Sweden, TT newswire found 733 students had been suspended due to cheating in 2016... [UKÄ Legal Advisor Pontus ] Kyrk thinks the increase is mainly due to increased awareness, and that universities have got better at catching cheaters.

Read more at https://www.thelocal.se/20170606/record-number-of-swedish-university-stu...



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