The Cheating Economy and Integrity

WCET has had an active voice on academic integrity and cheating since 2008. In 2018, academic integrity is threatened by a notable increase in the commercialization of academic dishonesty, to include contract cheating and the widespread online distribution by third-party websites of educational materials. These practices by “bad actors” directly harm institutions, faculty, and students. They undermine academic integrity, create risks to cyber infrastructure and data protection, and violate intellectual property. These attacks manifest in multiple ways. Students may be duped into paying for (or be complicit in actively seeking) "online tutoring" that is in fact the student engaging with a third-party to complete some or all of the student's coursework, typically requiring the student to share login information with the "tutor." These "tutors" then mine class lists to solicit additional students, or in particularly aggressive cases, threaten other students with retaliation. While institutions can issue legal take-down notices when unauthorized materials are identified, it is nearly impossible to keep up with the scale. 

This webinar will:

  • Illuminate the growing industry of cheating cartels, 
  • Highlight technological solutions in attempt to counter-attack bots searching course content, 
  • Share institutional examples of positive and promising actions your institution can take to bolster a campus culture of integrity – for students, faculty, and administrators alike.

Join us on Tuesday, October 16 at 1:00 PM MDT for a free WCET Webcast. Follow the Twitter feed at #WCETwebcast.
This webcast is provided free and open to all. 

The webcast will run for 60 minutes and take place via GoToWebinar.

The webcast will be recorded and available on the webpage with captions shortly after the live session. If you prefer live captioning during the webcast please contact us.

We encourage those who would like to share this webcast to use this citation:

Harrison, D., Lelo, A., McKenzie, A., and WCET. (2018). The Cheating Economy and Integrity. [Video Webinar]. Retrieved from:

Tuesday, October 16: 9:00 AM HAST/ 11:00 AM AKDT/ Noon PDT and MST/ 1:00 PM MDT/ 2:00 PM CDT/ 3:00 PM EDT.


Doug HarrisonDoug Harrison
Associate Dean, Graduate School,
University of Maryland University College



Adel LeloAdel Lelo
Senior Principal Product Manager,
Western Governors University



Amanda McKenzieAmanda McKenzie
Director, Quality Assurance (Academic Programs),
University of Waterloo




Vernon SmithVernon Smith
American Public University System