TORONTO, ON – On October 17, Humber College, Seneca College, Sheridan College and Ryerson University are joining hundreds of colleges and universities around the world and participating in the International Center for Academic Integrity’s (ICAI) third annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating.

Contract Cheating is a form of academic dishonesty where students have academic work completed on their behalf, which they then submit for academic credit and/or advantage as if they had created it themselves. The goal of this day of action is to raise awareness around its existence and the threats it poses to educational systems. As many as 16-million people could be receiving fraudulent certifications on a yearly basis as a result of contract cheating.

“Contract Cheating is a growing threat to the quality and integrity of education at post-secondary institutions around the world,” says Jennie Miron, professor, Bachelor of Nursing, Humber College, School of Health Sciences. “This day is an opportunity for colleges and universities to speak to students with a unified voice and work together to defeat the contract cheating industry. Ultimately, we want to encourage students to take pride in their own work and to excel with integrity.”

The ICAI is asking participating institutions to host a Whiteboard Declaration Activity where students and employees can write their own personal message about contract cheating and post their declarations on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #defeatthecheat #excelwithintegrity. Institutions are also asked to host events to engage and inform their communities about the threat and consequences of Contract Cheating. 

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber College is a global leader in polytechnic education. Combining in-depth theoretical learning and hands-on experience with applied research and extensive industry connections, Humber provides career-focused education to 33,000 full-time and 23,000 part-time students across three campuses. The college offers a comprehensive range of credentials including honours undergraduate degrees, postgraduate certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates. More than four out of five Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit humber.ca.

About Seneca
Combining career and professional skills training with theoretical knowledge, Seneca’s expert faculty provide a polytechnic education to 30,000 full-time and 60,000 part-time students. With campuses in Toronto, York Region and Peterborough and education partners around the world, Seneca offers degrees, graduate certificates, diplomas and certificates in more than 300 full-time, part-time and online programs. Seneca’s credentials are renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Co-op and work placements, applied research projects, entrepreneurial opportunities and the latest technology ensure that Seneca graduates are highly skilled and ready to work.

Find out more at senecacollege.ca.
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About Sheridan
Sheridan College serves over 23,000 full time students at three campuses in Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville, Ontario. We offer over 120 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in the fields of arts, business, community service, health, technology and the skilled trades. Sheridan’s faculty, staff, programs, and students have garnered many national and provincial awards of excellence, while our alumni include a long list of nominees and winners of Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Canadian Screen Awards and Annie Awards. Our long history of creative and innovative programming and achievement has informed our Creative Campus philosophy and commitment to fostering creativity across all campuses and programs.

About Ryerson University
Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education. Urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 44,600 students, including 2,600 master’s and PhD students, 3,100 faculty and staff, and nearly 188,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit ryerson.ca

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For more information, please contact:
Nadia Araujo
Media Relations and External Communications Specialist
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
416.675.6622 ext. 5479
nadia.araujo@humber.ca

Day of Action Against Contract Cheating
Backgrounder

Contract Cheating is a form of academic dishonesty where students get academic work completed on their behalf, which they then submit for academic credit and/or advantage as if they had created it themselves.

Currently, as many as eight per cent of students engage in contract cheating each year. While a seemingly small number, it takes on new impact when we consider the number of people that might be. With approximately 200 million people enrolled in tertiary education around the world today, as many as 16 million people could be receiving fraudulent certifications on a yearly basis as a result of contract cheating.

Contract cheating and “diploma mills” undermine the transformational process of education by circumventing the educational process. They exclude the student from the experiences designed to lead to transformation. Contract cheating occurs in legitimate educational institutions when students outsource the completion of their academic work to others. Diploma mills are fraudulent organizations that give away certifications without any academic work being completed.

To register your institution to participate in the Day of Action and for more information on the Whiteboard Declarations and suggestions for other activities here. A Facebook event page has also been set up.

If you have any questions or require more information about the day, please contact info@academicintegrity.org.