Cheating ring investigated at the University of Iowa

An investigation by Reuters has found cheating services at the University of Iowa catered toward Chinese students.

“Test-taking services. Paper-writing. Take Online Courses for you,” reads the profile of one outfit, called “UI International Student Services,” which has no official UI affiliation. Another company claims, “Your friends are all using us.”

UI officials are questioning at least 30 students suspected of using the “services.” Three students admitted their involvement in cheating at the UI to Reuters reporters.

One student is described as using a ringer to take his tests for him. He now faces expulsion and, if he is a foreign national on student visa, possible immediate deportation after he is expelled.

Reuters also reported in March that Chinese students were using services to doctor their academic resumes, use impostors for higher SAT scores and had applications ghostwritten to be admitted to U.S. schools.

Cheating services go far beyond the Hawkeye State. This year, similar companies sent email advertisements to students at the University of Washington, the University of Alabama and Penn State University.

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