I responded thusly@smsaideman Our tutors will write your paper for you. Send the directions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org https://t.co/IhDi3PytQ5— Savan gib (@savan_gib) December 31, 2015
I think I might be ending my twitter year with the most liked tweet with the fewest retweets. That is, my academic friends are in agreement but perhaps don't like to retweet that which has profanity.Fuck you and all of your kind. https://t.co/k0Z6KU0MFM— Steve Saideman (@smsaideman) December 31, 2015
Anyhow, I have received questions from folks:
- is this legal? I have no idea.
- Can students be punished for using such services? Hells yes. The question is of detection. If professors write the assignments well, then the "tutors"/cheating-facilitators will likely write papers that don't pass the sniff test. The reward for being caught? Often an F, sometimes expulsion, definitely the burning of bridges and academic cred. I did have a student in an honors class seek to get a better grade to keep his/her status, but his/her cheating was detected and punished with an F. So much for letters of recommendation from me....
- Why do students do this? Because a few are lazy, fearful, late, or desperate or all of the above.
- Is it always bad? Um, I discovered only last week or two, that my work was being cited in a paper assignment (the prof's statement of what he/she wanted in the paper) that had been deposited at the website of one of these paper mills. So, all citations are good ones, right? No. Not when used to provide instructions to the paper mill.