Contract cheating

Contract cheating is when others complete an assessment for you, often in exchange for some form of payment.

What is contract cheating?

Contract cheating is when others complete an assessment for you, often in exchange for some form of payment. This can take the form of:

  • giving another student money or goods, even as little as a meal
  • paying a company, many of whom will advertise their services in a very official way and try to convince you that this is not cheating
  • hiring a private tutor to write your assessment or provide extensive input.

How to avoid contract cheating

Contract cheating companies often use social media to target university students.

Use your critical analysis skills to consider if what a company or individual is offering you fits with the University's academic integrity values. Ask your personal tutor or another member of University staff you trust for advice if you are concerned.

If you feel that you have no other choice because of competing deadline or a change to your personal circumstances, please contact your personal tutor or get in touch with our Students' Union Just Ask team for free and impartial advice and support.

It is helpful for us to know when our students are being targeted so we can provide support and advice. If you are contacted by a company offering this type of service, please let your personal tutor know.

The risks of entering into a contract cheating arrangement

  • You will get caught by the University and a serious penalty could follow;
  • Getting someone else to undertake your work means that you will not have the skills to undertake future work, exacerbating the problem;
  • The company blackmails you into paying more money with threats of exposing you to the University.

What happens if you are suspected of contract cheating

Contract cheating is a serious offence. If suspected, you may be asked to attend an interview with senior members of the school or faculty where you will be given the chance to discuss the issues. This is outlined in our Procedure where there is a suspicion of contract cheating (PDF, 245kB).

Any work which has been produced by contract cheating is unacceptable. It will be penalised according to University examination regulations (PDF, 229kB).

If you are the person who completes another student's work for them you may also face disciplinary action under our regulations.

If you are being investigated for contract cheating you can contact our Students' Union Just Ask team for free and impartial advice and support.

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