There has been a marked drop in the frequency of plagiarism at colleges and universities that deploy anti-cheating technology, just as campuses adopt online academic integrity policies in large numbers.

cheating-plagiarismThe number of schools that have official academic integrity rules for web-based courses has steadily increased in recent years, and a new report from plagiarism software company Turnitin shows that colleges that use the proprietary technology saw a 39 percent drop in unoriginal writing since 2009.

The Turnitin study, which analyzed more than 55 million student assignments from 1,000 colleges and...

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