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University students cheat. Researchers globally have reported on the types and rates of cheating for decades. Recently though, and especially since the pandemic, there is growing concern about cheating and the risk it poses to the integrity of higher education – and rightly so.

The proliferation of “contract cheating” – where bespoke essays and assignments can be obtained online, means there are more ways for students to forge assignments.

Companies offering “study help” have many different business models. They are predatory and use marketing techniques to promote themselves as legitimate “support” for students.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Teqsa) recently used its powers to block academic cheating websites for the first time. The agency blocked 40 websites that were visited about 450,000 times a month.

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