now to a CBS 21 News assignment tomorrow is the start of May and that means finals time for many college student and while the Internet makes it easier to access information it might be causing some problems we found some students by their papers online CBS 21 player Greenberg tried it out lera what’d you find well Robyn Tonya it turns out that there are dozens of websites you can use to purchase papers for school so we did it and we brought this paper to a college professor to see if she could tell it was purchased and if so what would she do about it the response we got might surprise you they’re called essay farms I haven’t seen a lot of this yet I haven’t but maybe that’s because it works web sites where students purchase the fruits of someone else’s labor and turn it in as their own academic students explain the premise of an assignment cinema include their deadlines and pay for the paper by the page it’s 28 dollars and 40 cents per page so probably my favorite thing about some of these websites is how poorly the site’s themselves are written this one says do you think you can find better essay writing company than pimp my paper comm and then is spelled with an e we spoke with some professors at Millersville University and used a prompt from a cinema course there to request a paper through one of these sites I’ve chosen a side of music alright so we’re giving them just over a week to write a five-page paper it cost us a hundred and forty seven dollars and we’re gonna see how it goes if this had been turned in to me by one of my students I would be sorely disappointed just dr. Jill Craven teaches English and cinema at Millersville it’s just so so big she looked over the essay we paid for when there started to be factual errors which was in the first paragraph I immediately kind of said well let me take a look at that book it’s when she checked the books listed in the bibliography that she realized and I went to the page and it happened to be the index it was all fabricated I think I checked for and none of them were accurate as I start to discuss here dr. Craven says she wouldn’t have necessarily been able to tell those people was purchased but she says it was so bad she would have failed the student anyway so you would give this enough I would actually give it a zero because of the fabricated resources the part that’s hardest is is not that they offer this service it’s that their language suggests that this is normal Millersville associate provost Jeff Adams hasn’t seen too many students buying papers online but he knows these sa farms are out there he’s seen them himself most students but certainly not all when pressed will step up and take responsibility for what they’ve done and they they understand that there has to be consequences for a suspicious paper he says faculty are expected to contact the Provost’s and then a panel reviews the situation they determine if there’s any wrongdoing and how the student should be punished typically if they come to me the faculty is usually requesting the students be given an automatic failing grade in the course Elizabethtown College has a similar system if a suspicious paper is turned in there several faculty members meet with the student there is an appeals process if a student wanted to appeal to a group called the academic review board but we do take it quite seriously both schools use an online program called Turnitin students submit their papers online where they’re compared to others that have been previously turned in Turnitin cross-checks papers and looks for plagiarism the paper writing websites we found promised to be plagiarism free but professors say that’s doubtful they’re recycling as much material as they can to avoid doing a lot of work themselves they’re missing out on the education there and dr. Craven acknowledges plagiarism is a problem on college campuses when I started to teach the course and I got the my first set of papers I found that 30% of the papers had been plagiarized she says these essay farms are just the latest fad for harvesting unoriginal papers it’s pretty rampant as a business and when we told her the price of this particular paper – it’s Iraq this paper cost one hundred and forty seven dollars oh my goodness you didn’t tell me that it was clear she didn’t think it was worth it I think it affects dealt a lot and I think it’s going to affect businesses a lot as students continue to cheat on their work for students now and in the future because they don’t have the level of expertise they don’t have respect for the knowledge they don’t have the processes of thinking that you need in order to be good employees and good citizens Wow fascinating not crazy and it’s also worth noting that federal laws don’t actually allow colleges to discuss student academic issues with parents unless the students sign off on it because they are adults when they’re college age so if this is going on and your mom and dad you have no idea oh no you’re sitting that paid that check in to pay for school so she can say mom yeah you’re paid for it well so she finds a factual error in the first paragraph fails the paper can the student get a refund from I mean I hate to be callous yeah no it’s it’s kind of sketchy because the website says money back guaranteed and we actually contacted the website he said we failed this paper can we get our money back they said you have to send a screenshot proving the failing grade and then the billing department reviews it so it doesn’t really say well we’ll give you full money back or part of it or whatever so interesting yeah fascinating stuff gotta do your own work yep Thanks


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