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Are Essay Mills fraud that is committing? An analysis of their behaviours vs the 2006 Fraud Act (UK)

Are Essay Mills fraud that is committing? An analysis of their behaviours vs the 2006 Fraud Act (UK)

International Journal for Educational Integrity volume 13, Article number: 3 ( 2017 ) | Download Citation

Many strategies have already been proposed to handle making use of Essay Mills and other ‘contract cheating services that are students. These services generally offer bespoke custom-written essays or any other assignments to students in exchange for a fee. There were calls for the utilization of legal methods to tackle the situation. Here we see whether the UK Fraud Act (2006) might be used to tackle a number of the activities of companies providing these types of services in the UK, by comparing their common practises, and their Terms and Conditions, with the Act. We unearthed that most of the sites examined have disclaimers about the use of their products or services but there are many contradictions that are obvious the actions of this sites which undermine these disclaimers, as an example all sites offer plagiarism-free guarantees for the task and at least eight have advertising which seems to contradict their conditions and terms. We identify possible areas in which the Act might be used to pursue a case that is legal overall conclude that such a method is unlikely to work. We call for a new offence to be created in UK law which specifically targets the undesirable behaviours among these companies when you look at the UK, even though the principles might be applied elsewhere. We also highlight other UK approaches that are legal may become more successful.

Introduction

Making use of so-called ‘contract cheating’ services by students has been a way to obtain controversy and debate within Higher Education, particularly in the decade that is last. 続きを読む