Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has obtained a Federal Court order that requires 51 carriage service providers to block access to the websites assignmenthelp4you.com, and assignmenthelp2u.com.
A “carriage service provider” is basically an internet provider.
TEQSA lodged the application in July 2021, seeking an injunction requiring 51 carriage service providers to block access to the websites. It is the first time that TEQSA has used the power to seek an injunction, which was included in changes made by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Amendment (Prohibiting Academic Cheating Services) Act 2020.
On 7 October 2021 the Federal Court found that the two websites – which are based in India – were advertising an academic cheating service to students undertaking an Australian course of study with a higher education provider. It ordered that the ISPs must block access to the websites.
TEQSA Chief Executive Officer Alistair Maclean welcomed the court’s decision.
TEQSA selected this website because we believed we were able to demonstrate its operators were in breach of Australian law.
This decision supports TEQSA’s ongoing work to reduce the risk posed by commercial academic cheating services to student interests and the reputation and standing of Australian higher education.Alistair Maclean – TEQSA
Contract companies and “essay mills” – risks for international students
You could get kicked out…
Paying an essay mill or contract cheating company to do an assignment is cheating and will be a serious breach of the academic integrity policies at your educational institution. If you are found out you will likely face very serious consequences, and could be kicked out.
You could get blackmailed…
Once you use an essay mill or contract cheating service they have power over you. There are reports of students who used a contract cheating company being blackmailed by the company, who asks for more money and threatens to tell the student’s educational institution they hired the contract cheating company to do their assignments.
You could be committing a criminal offence…
Often contract cheating companies will employ students to help promote their services on campus. Once the laws are passed, any student promoting the service of an essay mill or contract cheating company may be committing a criminal offence.
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