Now that Trimester 1 is well and truly underway it’s important not to be drawn in by the false promises of Contract Cheating websites – a common trap for students experiencing difficulties with their studies. But with that quick fix not only comes the risk of getting caught and failing your unit, it brings a broad range of other consequences that you might not have considered.
So, what are the other consequences of Contract Cheating?
Contract Cheating sites promise they can achieve any mark from a Pass to a High Distinction but that is far from the truth. When multiple Contract Cheating services were tested by Deakin’s own researchers they discovered 52% of the work provided couldn’t even achieve a passing grade. This is obviously a disappointing mark, and even more so if you paid for it.
Although Contract Cheating services provide assurances of on time delivery they don’t deliver on it. They will use a variety of tactics to ensure your continued support, from asking for extensions to simply not responding. Either way this can result in work coming in after the University due date; making Contract Cheating not only a dangerous risk but a pointless one.
Some Contract Cheating websites give you the option to upload your own previously submitted assignments (instead of money) in exchange for their service. If you do this, you risk having your work copied by others who use that Contract Cheating website, putting you and your cheating behaviour under the microscope. Don’t upload your work to these websites; it’s not worth the risk.
Contract Cheating services offer ‘premium’ writers and ‘top 10’ writers for an increased price but Deakin researchers have found their work is just the same as the ‘standard’ quality. Contract Cheating services exist to make money and will try everything they can to upsell when you use them. Don’t be sucked in when they’re never going to deliver what you paid for.
If a fail grade wasn’t bad enough you’re at even greater risk using these services. Most of the Contract Cheating websites analysed by Deakin researchers have privacy policies which allow them to collect your personal identifying details and 47% state they will pass on this personal information to third parties. As you can see, the consequences go well beyond just pass or fail marks.
Students have even received threats of blackmail, in which Contract Cheating services threaten to reveal their personal information and the fact the student has cheated to the University unless they pay for the service’s silence. Some websites will contact your University with your details, purchase history and a copy of what you purchased. Yikes!
Contract Cheating might seem like a quick fix but even if you get away with it there is another pitfall to consider; you didn’t learn anything. If you cheat for a second-year assignment for example, how will you learn the required knowledge to complete a third-year assignment? The answer is you won’t. University is about the progression of learning and without each rung on that ladder you’ll have a hard time climbing it.
If you contact a Contract Cheating website, you may get caught by the University. Faculties have ways of detecting Contract Cheating. The University sends you an allegation of an academic integrity breach and if they find that you have contract cheated, this can have serious outcomes.
If you’re caught Contract Cheating a possible outcome is getting zero for the assignment or zero for the whole unit. Now instead of doing the work you’re out of pocket and you’ve failed the assignment or unit anyway.
If you’re caught Contract Cheating another possible outcome is you could be suspended. This means that your course will be put on hold for a minimum of one trimester. Combined with all the other risk factors of Contract Cheating that one mistake could put your study behind by over a year easily.
If you’re caught Contract Cheating the consequences might go further than just receiving a fail mark for the assignment or unit; you could be excluded from your course. This could be exclusion for a year or permanent exclusion. Once again the risk far outweighs any benefit of Contract Cheating.
Contract Cheating is never a smart decision, not only is it a breach of Academic Integrity but it also invites personal risk. With consequences like unit failure, suspension, exclusion, and even blackmail and identity theft on the line it’s just not worth it. If you’re struggling with your assignments talk to your Tutor or Unit Chair and ask for help; it’ll always be the better move.
The Advocates at DUSA’s Student Advocacy and Support Service (SASS) have an in depth knowledge of contract cheating websites and Deakin’s academic integrity rules.
Advocates can help you:
– understand the rules
– block emails and messages from bad websites
– remove your work from websites
– respond to allegations
– find the real help you need to do your own assignments.
For free and confidential advice and support, contact a DUSA Advocate: https://dusa.org.au/our-services/#advocacy-welfare
The Deakin research referred to in this blog is: Wendy Sutherland-Smith & Kevin Dullaghan (2019) You don’t always get what you pay for: User experiences of engaging with contract cheating sites, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education.