Over the past few years, online learning services like Chegg and Course Hero have become popular with students.
As an incentive for students to gain access to some features, these sites may ask students to upload their papers, notes, course lecture slides, syllabus, rubrics, or other materials created by a professor. Once the student uploads these materials, other customers may have access to them.
I have received numerous calls from students telling me that they have been charged with an academic integrity violation for either “unauthorized sharing of materials,” or “intellectual property violations.” Regardless of what the university or college calls it, schools have been cracking down on students uploading course materials to websites. Some schools consider this an honor code violation and charge students for taking materials prepared by a professor and uploading them without authorization. Additionally, some schools consider this providing an “unfair academic advantage” by allowing others to access materials, such as exams, papers, or other assignments.
While these sites do offer many services that can help students, students should be aware of the potential integrity issues with uploading course materials to any shared website. If you find yourself in this situation, you should seek advice and assistance from an attorney has experience defending students in these matters.
Can you help me if I am accused of an academic integrity violation?
Yes. I assist students in all phases of the student disciplinary process. If you are facing an accusation like cheating or plagiarism, give me a call to discuss how I may be able to help.
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Richard Asselta is a defense lawyer for students facing academic integrity violations throughout the United States. Call today for a consultation. (855) 338-5299