Do you use CHEGG, CourseHero, Github, and similar “tutoring” sites or are you in a study group through Facebook or Wechat?

Legitimate use vs contract cheating

It might be helpful for you to know that if you access any of these types of resources, even if it is for legitimate help with assignments or exams, the University is likely to consider that you may have engaged in contract cheating, which carries a potential penalty of one or more semesters suspension from your degree. While there are some legitimate uses for some of these sites, e.g., storing code in Github, if you paid a subscription fee or have uploaded course notes and materials, it is unlikely to be considered as legitimate. Legitimate cooperation with an external resource or other student is where you discuss general themes or concepts, and do not share any answers or detailed methods of arriving at answers. Check this link for more information.

How they know

Due to recent changes in legislation, “tutoring” companies are required to provide the University with user email addresses, IP addresses, and all details of the activity on the site. Plagiarism software such as Turnitin may also alert the Uni to similarity potentially caused by these types of sites.

What you should you do

If you have used a service that may be considered contract cheating, cancel your subscription, and stop using the site or group. Ask your tutor or lecturer what alternatives they can suggest. If you have been accused of a breach of academic integrity or academic misconduct talk to an SRC caseworker about how to respond.

Facebook and Wechat Groups

Asking questions and sharing answers through a group chat is often considered academic dishonesty. If you are in a group that asks or shares answers to assessments leave the group. Only ask or share what you would be happy to do openly in a tutorial, that is, concepts and ideas, rather than specific answers to assessments.