Last month, 46 university officials in the United Kingdom have written to the UK Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, calling for a ban on companies offering essays for sale. These companies, also called “essay mills,” have been on the rise globally along with a surge in plagiarism cases.
Such a ban has already been implemented in New Zealand and Australia, and is currently under consideration by Minister for Education, Richard Bruton. And in the US, even the Department of Homeland Security has weighed in on this problem, forewarning immigrant students as to its dangers.
As someone who comes from academia, I personally crack up when I read the words of Chris Caren, Turnitin’s CEO who earlier this year stated: “Taking on emerging threats to academic integrity like contract cheating is a natural extension of our mission.