PayPal takes a stand against academic fraud
Online payment provider PayPal is standing up to academic fraud with a new policy that bars essay-writing firms from its platform. The firms that are being banned are the ones that facilitate cheating by university students, who purchase essays to hand in as their own work. PayPal has launched an investigation to figure out exactly which firms are offering this fraudulent service. The move comes in response to a call from UK education secretary Damien Hinds, who said that it was “unethical for these companies to profit from this dishonest business.”
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As of last Wednesday, PayPal has been contacting essay-writing firms to inform them they should “move their business elsewhere.” The company said that uncertainty over exactly which companies are enabling cheating and which are offering legitimate tutoring services means an overnight ban won’t come into force.
In a statement, PayPal said: “PayPal is working with businesses associated with essay-writing services to ensure our platform is not used to facilitate deceptive and fraudulent practises in education. PayPal will continue to diligently review and take appropriate action on accounts found to facilitate cheating that undermines academic integrity.”
The UK’s higher education watchdog, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) wrote to PayPal in November, urging it to “close down the payment facilities for the essay-writing companies that encourage students to cheat.” Its head of policy and public affairs, Gareth Crossman, praised PayPal for its decision, saying:
“This decision is a huge step forwards in the battle to close down these unscrupulous operators. Essay companies rely heavily on payment platforms like PayPal to process students' orders. Removing this facility will significantly hamper their operation. Essay companies remain a huge threat to the academic integrity of UK higher education.”
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