BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Just in time for final exams, lawmakers want to make sure students who fake writing papers really pay as they seek to outlaw the online sale or purchase of term papers.
Tiffany Lande is a sophomore at the University at Buffalo and she supports lawmakers pushing for new legislation.
"I think that's a good thing. Students should do their own work," Lande said. "It's not fair for other students who write their term papers. It is a lot of work, especially 10-page papers."
Freshman Adam Kindler disagrees with the lawmakers' move.
"I think they shouldn't interfere with the education system in that aspect because that's just... leave that part alone... I mean, it is plagiarism and obviously plagiarism is wrong, but you know, people do it everyday, so what are you going to do about it?" Kindler said.
There is already a law on the books in New York State prohibiting the sale of written term papers. But the law makes no mention of selling term papers online, which is the loophole the State Assembly is trying to close.
State Senator Tim Kennedy says retailers are profiting off of cheating, considering some sites charge as much as $48 per page.
"The legislation specifically seeks to disrupt the black market that's caused a proliferation of online trafficking of term papers," Sen. Kennedy said.
He voted for the legislation along with State Senators George Maziarz and Mark Grisanti. The bill would crackdown on both students and retailers with a fine of $1,000, if the buyer or seller is caught.
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