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Towards Consistency and Transparency in Academic Integrity

Edited By Salim Razı, Irene Glendinning and Tomáš Foltýnek

This book is an outcome of the 4th International Conference «Plagiarism across Europe and Beyond» organized by Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Mendel University in Brno, and the European Network for Academic Integrity. The conference is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships Programme of the European Union. It aims to be a forum for sharing best practices and experiences by addressing issues of academic integrity from a wide-scope global perspective. With regards to the crucial role of ethics and honesty in academic work, universities are in need of more effective policies against infringements of academic standards. The papers in this book therefore aim to contribute to the standardization of consistent and transparent approaches to issues of academic integrity from several perspectives.

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Global Essay Mills Survey in Czechia: Insights into the Cheater’s Mind (Veronika Králíková / Tomáš Foltýnek / Jana Dannhoferová / Dita Dlabolová / Pavel Turčínek)

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Veronika Králíková1, Tomáš Foltýnek2, Jana Dannhoferová3, Dita Dlabolová4 & Pavel Turčínek5

Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic

Global Essay Mills Survey in Czechia: Insights into the Cheater’s Mind

Abstract: University student cheating is a widespread problem. A project called Global Essay Mills Survey (GEMS) was launched to explore student self-reported use of essay mills and associated sites or companies. This paper deals with contract cheating in the Czech Republic and shows results from data collected through the GEMS project. More than 500 respondents answered questions related to contract cheating – students’ motivation, circumstances, experience and opinions. We found that 19.7% of the students admitted to various forms of contract cheating. In this article, we look closely at this group of respondents and compare their answers with the non-cheating group. We conclude that cheaters are more aware of somebody else who had their work ghost-written, find more reasons to excuse their behavior, and suggest more lenient penalties.

Keywords: cheating behaviors, contract cheating, Czechia, essay mills, ghost writing

Introduction

Cheating is a common part of life today for students (Rabi et al., 2006). Many researchers and psychologists have examined the reasons leading students to cheat. In order to prevent (or at least minimise) student cheating, educators have to understand the cheaters’ behavior and identify factors leading them to cheat.

According to Hutton (2010), students cheat because the benefit/cost trade...

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