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The Cultural Implications of Contract Cheating

3rd Annual Plagiarism Education Week

Cheating is not a new problem and even the act of contracting another to complete one’s academic work has a protracted history. However, with the globalization and commodification of higher education, contract cheating has become big business and is quickly embedding itself within the education culture and dramatically altering institutional cultures across the globe.

Join us for a session with Tricia Bertram Gallant, who will walk through the cultural implications of contract cheating—both how culture affects the spread of contract cheating and how its presence is affecting the culture of education and students as we speak. Lastly, Bertram-Gallant will provide some key takeaways for educators and educational institutions who wish to stem the tide and minimize the damage to our educational system.


Dr. Tricia Bertram Gallant, Director of Academic Integrity at UC San Diego, is an internationally known expert on integrity and ethics in education, having authored or edited numerous publications as well as consulted with high schools, colleges and universities in the U.S., Egypt, Australia and England. She is the author of "Academic Integrity in the Twenty-First Century" (Jossey-Bass, 2008), co-author of "Cheating in School" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and editor of "Creating the Ethical Academy" (Routledge, 2011). Tricia serves as a member on the Advisory Council of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).

Kenneth Balibalos is currently a Marketing Manager for Turnitin. He is the administrator of the Turnitin Educator Network, a program to connect educators to each other and support them at their institution. He regularly communicates with Turnitin customers, works alongside educators to develop instructional resources, posts on social media, and manages other customer programs. He will be moderating this webcast.

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