Despite the perceived wisdom that contract cheating is solely the result of dishonest behaviour by students, this project has identified that students represent just one part of a complex system of interacting factors. Students are under increasing financial and social pressure to ‘get through’ their degrees, while simultaneously struggling with the sense that ‘nobody cares’ about them. For international students and those who speak a language other English at home (LOTE), this isolation is compounded, making this group of students especially vulnerable to unscrupulous and marketing savvy commercial cheat sites. The anonymous environment of contemporary higher education classrooms gives students the perception that there are ‘lots of opportunities’ to cheat and may also explain the finding that those who are dissatisfied with the teaching and learning environment are more likely to report engaging in cheating behaviour.
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