“I’m not guarding the dungeon”: faculty members’ perspectives on contract cheating in the UAE

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Students are increasingly relying on contract cheating (CC), a phenomenon in which a third party completes the assignment, quiz, or homework for students in exchange for a fee. Using an exploratory qualitative method and underpinned by critical theory and social responsibility theory, this study explored the perceptions of faculty members regarding CC in the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) higher education institutions. In particular, this study addressed how faculty members perceive and deal with CC in contexts where policies towards the practice are absent from higher institution honour codes. Using thematic analysis, the results showed that CC arouses the indignation of faculty and staff to the violation of individual and religious rights. Also, they believe they have a sense of responsibility towards students and the community. The results also showed that faculty members’ hesitation in reporting CC incidents was due to their perceived lack of support from higher administration institutions and the lack of clear procedures in ethical manuals. This paper concludes with practical recommendations for faculty and staff, managers, department heads and decision makers to mitigate this phenomenon proactively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number9
JournalInternational Journal for Educational Integrity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2024


  • Academic misconduct
  • Contract cheating
  • Critical theory
  • Social responsibility
  • UAE

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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