Contract cheating is when a student contracts someone else to do their work for them. Some examples include asking a friend to write an assignment, buying an assignment from a website, or paying someone to sit an exam. This is a very serious breach of academic integrity.
People who are found to have plagiarised in this way can face serious consequences. These can include receiving a grade of zero for the assignment, failing the course, and being suspended from study.
The reasons people plagiarise often include poor time management, feeling under pressure, and a lack of confidence in writing and analytical skills (Adam 2016). To avoid such a situation, it's important to manage your time so that you have plenty of time to plan, draft, and seek feedback on your work. Check out our information on time management, reading strategies, exam preparation, writing assignments, and come to see us for personalised assistance.
Adam, L 2016. 'Student perspectives on plagiarism', in T Bretag (ed.), Handbook of academic integrity, Springer Reference, Singapore, pp. 519-536.