State lawmakers look to crack down on websites offering to write essays for students

DENVER -- Some websites are in the business of selling students term papers, essays and answers to exam questions.

That is a problem for professors.

“We have noticed in the last year or so the number of students exploring these homework help sites,” said Gregory Clifton, a professor of accounting at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Clifton is backing a bill by State Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Eagle, to make it a class three misdemeanor to sell an academic assignment to a student.

If passed, people who sell answers or essays could face up to six months in jail or a $500 fine.

“Fourteen other states have passed laws similar to this," Roberts said. "What we have seen is advertisements online and on social media have significantly decreased in those states so students aren’t seeing it as an option as much."

The bill is scheduled for a hearing in the House education committee in the coming weeks and has received bipartisan support so far.

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