The Intersection of Contract Academic Work and Contract Cheating: Policy Brief
AuthorEaton, Sarah Elaine
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AbstractPurpose: The goal of this report is to provide substance for an evidence-informed discussion about the intersection of precarious academic employment and the contract cheating industry. Methods: This is a qualitative report informed by the extant literature. It synthesizes available source material relating to academic staff who also supply services (e.g., essay writing, assignment completion, etc.) to the commercial contract cheating industry. Results: A summary and synthesis are provided of issues relating to precariously employed academic staff and the contract cheating industry. A key outcome of this work is to highlight how the commercial cheating industry preys on underemployed academic staff. Predatory practices of the contract cheating industry are highlighted including false promises of high pay and meaningful work. Consequences such as disciplinary action and dismissal of academic staff who moonlight as suppliers to the industry are discussed, along with possible counter-measures to raise awareness and protect academic staff. Implications: This guide is intended to provide guidance on methods used by the commercial contract cheating industry to exploit contract academic staff. Recommendations are provided on how to build awareness about the issue and also consider protections for the precariously employed. Additional materials: 1 table; 46 references Document type: Report, 26 pages Keywords: academic integrity, higher education, academic labour, contingent faculty, precarious employment, cheating economy
CitationEaton, S. E. (2020). The Intersection of Contract Academic Work and Contract Cheating: Policy Brief. Calgary, Canada: University of Calgary. pp. 1-26.
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