Here you will learn about facts and myths relating to cheating and the use of essay writing services, but the question of morality is only mentioned here in the introduction–and there is a good reason for that. Modern cheating, typically in college, is not a moral issue. In a perfect world it would be– but it simply isn’t. Students are not butchering civilians when they cheat, nor are they polluting, harming animals or abusing children. Morality is important, but it doesn’t apply to cheating. The only people that cheaters sell short…are themselves…and sometimes for good reason!
Cheating Statistics…There Aren’t Any Reliable Ones
You are going to read a great many statistics pumped out by online platforms, some of which should know better, and yet there are no real reliable figures, and here is why:
– Cheating is something people do in secret
A conservative member of parliament was asked, in the UK, how many illegal immigrants had sneaked into the country, and he said, “How the hell should I know?!?” The newspapers dragged him over the coals, but he was right, if people are doing things in secret, how are you supposed to measure them? Even if you measure how many are caught, how are you supposed to know if that are 1% of the cheating population or 99%?
– Cheating is something that students don’t admit
Researchers have tried to figure out how many students cheat based on their replies to questionnaires, but even ex-students do not admit if they cheated. Even on anonymous questionnaires, you have to assume that students and graduates are smart enough to not admit they cheated.
– Colleges play down how much cheating goes on
The numbers of students that are caught cheating are rarely the numbers that colleges publish or make public because it looks very bad on the colleges themselves. It is the same reason why hospitals to not publish the amount of times a patient has “nearly” died from employee incompetence. It is not in a college’s interest to openly state how many students are caught or suspected of cheating.
There are some semi-reliable figures
To gauge how much people cheat, consider the amount of times that students Google “Essay Writing Services,” which is over 12 million times according to Google, and the term “Essay Writing Services” generates over 31 million hits according to the Guardian news group.
When the market demands a service, private companies respond. The response shown on the previous paragraph suggests that millions of students are searching out and using essay-writing services, otherwise there wouldn’t be that many of them.
Why Students Cheat
There are many forms of cheating, which implies there are numerous reasons why students cheat, but there are usually three “main” reasons:
– Because a student has to
Most students are young and unable to manage their lives and organize themselves in a way that a fully employed adult can. This is not a criticism of students because we all have to learn this stuff. A student may have to cheat because of the pressure of work, family, studies, parents, teachers and lovers. An inability to organize means a student has to look alternative roads to success–such as cheating.
– Because it is easy
All forms of cheating are easy and fun. Some liberal professors may convince you that it is in your nature to cheat, but it isn’t, the appeal is that it is easy and fun.
– Because students have been trained to
Tell a student that points/marks/grades matter more than the learning process, and students are trained to cheat. Tell somebody that the end result is more important than the journey, and all they care about is the result and nothing more. Colleges should inspire and reward a quest and thirst for learning, but instead they reward grades.
What Are the Consequences of Cheating?
It is a very mixed bag. One would assume the most common result is getting away with it and having the desired beneficial effect. On the other hand, there are plenty of documented cases of students getting caught and being expelled, so let’s approach the issue from a common sense angle.
If a professor catches you cheating, he or she is duty bound to pull you up on it, but may not if it improves his or her student-score average.
If a college professor catches you, he or she will probably give you a verbal warning and scrutinize your work more heavily in the future.
If a college professor reports you, then the college is likely to handle it internally because they do not want to report a high cheating rate in their college.
Finally, a multiple offender, or a person that cheats in a public manner will have to be expelled and made an example of, and that is what constitutes most of the cases you read about or hear about. If the college “has” to expel you, it is in their interest to make a fuss of it to scare other students. Doing so will also make your cheating appear to be an isolated incident.
Cheating Myths That You Should Ignore
Here is a quick run-down of some of the most common myths that students believe when they shouldn’t. These shouldn’t encourage you to cheat, but they may make you wonder why more people don’t.
– Colleges have a database full of essays that they cross-check
No college has the funding or time to check every essay to see if it matches the other essays that have been submitted over the years. When students are caught for copying older essays, it is because the professor recognized the points being made in them from previous essays.
– Plagiarism software can detect cheaters
It can only detect people that copy content verbatim. The students who are at risk are the ones that copy or rewrite the essays they find online because the professors have probably seen them rewritten hundreds of times.
– Plagiarism software can detect custom-written content
Nobody can. You can even copy a book verbatim and pass it off as your essay and not be caught unless somebody had digitized the content and it has been crawled (read) by Google.
– Professors can prove that you didn’t write essays
They really cannot unless it is obvious that you didn’t write it. If you write a perfect essay after a semester of writing terrible ones, then your professor may suspect. If you use terms that you cannot define in class, then your professor may be suspicious. If you brag to your friends, receive your essay via a college Wi-Fi network, or don’t bother to read the essay before you submit it, then your professor will suspect.
– Cheating will get you expelled
The students that are expelled are usually made an example of, but most students are given a failing grade for the exam/essay they cheated with and given a warning. Read comments on student forums that are controlled by students, and you will rarely read of students being expelled for cheating.