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Contract cheating, sometimes known as ghostwriting, is the practice of students engaging a third-party individual or service to complete their assessments. With the help of academic integrity researchers, forensic linguists, and machine learning experts, Authorship Investigate counters this rising threat.

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What the Research Says


of surveyed students were willing to purchase an assignment.2


of instructors say they may not act on suspicions of contract cheating due to insufficient evidence to support their claims.3


decline in number of university applications an institution receives following a scandal.4

Authorship Investigate is a critical next step in Turnitin’s 20-year commitment to helping institutions support a culture of academic integrity.

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