Homework Websites such as Chegg can lead to allegations of student academic integrity violations. Be careful how and when you use them!

Okay us older folks were not familiar with Chegg and it's homework website kin but now that we do know, oh my gosh be careful! Professors, instructors and universities are basing academic integrity investigations on student visits to them and an innocent visit can be evidence of something far more sinister.

With remote classes and exams, admonitions not to reference certain materials often include Chegg and other homework sites. This in turn seems to have made professors more suspicious of " cheating" and academic institutions have the ability to reach out to Chegg and see who might have logged on to Chegg during an exam and equally importantly what they looked at.

Some recent cases involving students at the University of Maryland College Park, have resulted in student academic integrity referrals to the Office of Student Conduct. That in turn has led to students receiving the dreaded 'xf' in their class, often substantially complicating their post-graduate lives.

An 'xf' isn't the end of the world but since the 'x' is a transcript notation of academic dishonesty and an 'f' means you don't get the credits it can make employers look askance and requires a fair amount of effort to fix.

So, if you use the homework websites don't do so when it is strictly forbidden. Read the professor's instructions carefully and take them literally. If you must use Chegg for other purposes during an exam or quiz, make absolutely sure you don't stray into the subject matter of your contemporaneous test or you could be in a heap of trouble.

To be clear, if this happens to you it can be defended but why ask for trouble?

 

Robert V. Clark
Maryland Car Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer
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