Contract cheating

Students found to have submitted any work as their own that was prepared by someone else, are regarded as committing a serious offence of academic malpractice, and the default penalty is exclusion from the University. 

As you know, the University of Leeds takes all aspects of academic integrity very seriously and this is a key reason why the University of Leeds degree is held in such high esteem.

Some external organisations are taking the opportunity to offer study support, tutoring, proof-reading, essay writing, translation, and editing services that go against University regulations. They often pretend to be a legitimate service approved by the University. They are not. We are aware that this happens and we are exploring ways to stop these organisations and individuals getting access to our students in this way.

If you receive an email or other communication from any external organisation offering these kinds of service, you should not respond. It is likely that any such contacts are from ‘essay mills’ (also known as “contract cheating companies”). 

You can protect yourself and other students, and help us, by:

  • not responding to any invitations of this nature – only your own original work must be submitted for assessment. 
  • telling us about any approaches you experience from agents or via social media by emailing IntegrityThreats@leeds.ac.uk
  • letting the Students’ Union Advice Centre (LUU) know if you have been approached or harassed by any of these companies.

If you have concerns or would like support or guidance relating to anything on this page, please contact your personal tutor and/or your module tutor. You may also contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre who will handle your query in confidence – email advice@luu.leeds.ac.uk or phone 0113 3801 400.

For guidance about academic writing, please visit Library's academic writing page.