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Term Paper Mills: Civil and Criminal Penalties

This website contains information for the International Center for Academic Integrity regarding term paper mills.

Civil and Criminal Penalties

State  Citation Penalties
    Civil
NJ N.J. Stat. § 18A:2-3(c) Anyone convicted of violating any provision of this act shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.00 which shall be collected in a summary manner pursuant to “the penalty enforcement law” (N.J.S. 2A:58-1 et seq.) in the Superior Court or any municipal court. 
WA Wash. Rev. Code § 28B.10.584(4) Any person violating any provision of RCW 28B.10.580, 28B.10.582 or 28B.10.584 shall be subject to civil penalties of not more than one thousand dollars for each violation. 
  Wash. Rev. Code § 28B.10.584(5) Any person against whom a judgment has been entered pursuant to subsection (4) of this section, shall upon any subsequent violation of RCW 28B.10.580, 28B.10.582 or 28B.10.584 be subject to civil penalties not to exceed ten thousand dollars. 
.    
    Criminal
CN Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-392e Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor. 
FL Fla. Stat. § 877.17(3) Any person violating the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or 775.083.
ME Me. Rev. Stat. § 705(2) Criminal simulation is a Class E crime.
MD Md. Code, Education § 26-201(d) Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment not exceeding 6 months, or both.
MS Mass. Gen. Laws § 50

Whoever, alone or in concert with others, sells to another, or arranges for or assists in such sale for another, a theme, term paper, thesis or other paper or the written results of research, knowing or having reason to know that such theme, term paper, thesis or other paper or research results or substantial material therefrom will be submitted or used by some other person for academic credit and represented as the original work of such person at an educational institution in the commonwealth or elsewhere without proper attribution as to source, or whoever takes an examination for another at any educational institution in the commonwealth, shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.

NV Nev. Rev. Stat. § 207.320

Any person who prepares for sale or sells any term paper, thesis, dissertation or similar writing intending such writing to be submitted to an academic institution as the work of any person not the author in fulfillment of a requirement for completion of a course of study, award of a degree or other academic credit is guilty of a misdemeanor.

NJ N.J. Stat. § 18A:2-3(c) Anyone convicted of violating any provision of this act shall be subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.00 which shall be collected in a summary manner pursuant to “the penalty enforcement law” (N.J.S. 2A:58-1 et seq.) in the Superior Court or any municipal court. 
NY N.Y. Educ. Law § 213-b(5) A violation of the provisions of this section shall constitute a class B misdemeanor.
NC N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-118.2(b) Any person, firm, corporation or association violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor
OR Or. Rev. Stat. § 165.114(4) A person who violates any provision of this section commits a Class A violation.
  Or. Rev. Stat. § 165.114(5) A person against whom a judgment has been entered under subsection (4) of this section shall, upon conviction for any subsequent violation of this section, be subject to a fine of not more than $10,000.
PA Pa. Cons. Stat. § 7324(g) Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree.
TX Tx. Penal Code ยง 32.50(g)                                                           An offense under this section is a Class C misdemeanor.
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