Craigslist for Academic Dishonesty

Craigslist screenshot I guess this isn’t at all surprising.

I found this in the Craigslist Duluth/Superior listings for Services Offered > Writing/Editing/Translation

Title:  Online Class Assignments..Master of Academic Editing/Writing

“I create essay and research paper writing solutions for students. Students come to me with a project that they either don’t have the time for or are lacking the ability to complete. I’ve written numerous papers for various students. Across the board, I produce A+ results.”

He goes on to post a URL with examples of his “academic writings.” He doesn’t post any pricing information, but I’m sure the sky’s the limit for “A+ results.”

I decided to take a quick look this morning after seeing an email from WCET where they passed along an email exchange between a Wyoming educator and a person on Craigslist offering to take online tests in physics and math. Didn’t find a test-taker in the Duluth area – but of course they could be doing it from anywhere – because it’s online. Easy Peasy!

When asked about the cheating aspect of this, the Craigslist seller told the Wyoming educator the following:

“Only you can make that judgement call for whether or not you are comfortable with doing this. Many people are doing it and seems like colleges are more focused on other things than trying to catch students who cheat. Many of my clients need to pass a course to graduate and have no use for the materials in the course. So they don’t feel guilty about this.”

Betcha the accreditors love to hear that.

5 Responses

  1. This provides nay-sayers with yet another argument about online student cheating. They won’t get the connection that this “service” can be applied to F2F classes but they will shout it from the rooftops when referring to online courses.

  2. I work at a community college running the e-Testing center. This is why students are sent to the e-Testing center for their tests/finals. I also know some of the state universities that also have students show up to take their tests in person.

    I am working on my Ed. D degree online. if there is enough writing in the course the instructor can see the students writing style. So when one of these papers are submitted a flag goes up. If only one paper is due then the cheaters will get away with it.

  3. Hey, would you passing on the email you mentioned in the post to me?

  4. I just got some information that Tegrity has a program to remotely monitor online testing. It involves the student having a webcam but sounds promising.

  5. Dear Mr Barry
    Since this your own website, so I guess I shouldn’t talk too much aboout my self. But, I sent you an e-mail in your personal mailbox yesterday. I’d like be your friend. I know that I sound a lot like a dummy because there is no point in your artical that I am replying. But, I don’t have any more way to get contact with you. I think my mail (since I sent it through VN) would rather in your Spam folder than in your Inbox. I hope to receive your mail reply me. Thanks.

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