University of Arkansas bans student ‘contract cheating’

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A new policy rule at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville says students who have other people complete their course work will be suspended for a semester and fail that course.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the university’s faculty senate voted Wednesday to include “contract cheating” in its list of academic integrity violations.

“Contract cheating” is defined as academic deceit in which students get work done on their behalf and then turn it in for personal academic credit. It also applies to UA students found to be providing work to others.

Students caught cheating will be suspended for a semester and receive a failing course grade.

University data shows that students were found guilty in 310 of 455 alleged cases of academic dishonesty from May 2017 to May 2018.

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