TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Copying your neighbor's paper? Compared to what is happening these days, that seems almost cute!
Yes, cheating pops up a lot, but paying someone to take a class for you?
Noneedtostudy.com, Boostmygrades.com and wetakeyourclass.com -- they're programs slinging the same product.
With the explosion of online classes comes services to well, help you out a bit. When a reporter from our sister-station gave Wetakeyourclass.com a call, he was told they can "submit a paper" for him but he would need to buy more than one research paper.
Richard Serlin teaches an online class at the University of Arizona. He says with more students learning online, cheating is getting more advanced. At wetakeyourclass.com, they call their services "an affordable solution" for the online student who needs a tutor -- a tutor to actually "take the class" for them?
Many online programs do not have systems to monitor who is actually logging into the class and taking the exams.
"Universities are starting to realize [that] we have to spend a little bit of money on this," Serlin said.
At the U of A, they are trying to get ahead of such companies. In fact, some U of A online classes have someone check you out in a virtual sort of way.
"It was pretty intense. You have to show your drivers license in the web cam window and then you have to walk the laptop with you around the room and underneath the table," online class student Yeenkie Situ described.
Still, Situ tells Nine On Your Side proctors caught six students cheating during her online exam. It was a class in, get this, business ethics.
Over at wetakeyourclass.com, they say it is not about cheating at all. They did not want to talk on camera but they tell us their tutors help track down information, like the answers to your test, helping save online students time.
No matter what they call it, if you are not doing your own work? Watch out!
"If I were university President I would say this is a rule for all online classes," Serlin added.
Universities are coming up with new ways to catch cheats.
"Yeah, in 5 or 10 years it's going to be harder to cheat in an online course than it would be in person," Serlin continued.
Tempted to buy a good grade? At U of A, getting caught online gets you the usual "F", a possible permanent note on your record and if they find out soon after graduation, they can even seize your degree.