Applying Situational Crime Prevention Techniques to Contract Cheating

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Situational crime prevention (SPC) is a theory-based framework that prevents crime by altering the opportunity for offending. This approach aims to manipulate the immediate risk, reward, effort, provocations, and excuses for offending, and is effective without depending on increased apprehension and conviction. In addition to this, using this framework, adjustments before, during, and after the crime event can reduce crime. Recent research has demonstrated the utility of a situational prevention approach to reducing the opportunity for academic misconduct issues generally (Hodgkinson, et al. 2015) and contract cheating specifically (Baird & Clare, 2017). This chapter builds on these papers and related contract cheating research to discuss the utility of SCP for reducing the opportunity for contract cheating in its various forms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContract Cheating in Higher Education
Subtitle of host publication Global Perspectives on Theory, Practice, and Policy
Editors Sarah Elaine Eaton, Guy J. Curtis, Brenda M. Stoesz, Joseph Clare, Kiata Rundle, Josh Seeland
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-12680-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-12679-6
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2022


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