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Somebody posts, on a website for freelance writers, an offer to pay $40 for someone to write a very specific essay that looks very much like an academic assignment. The student leaves his name, UWEC e-mail address, snail mail address, and telephone number. One of the freelancers who reads that message board decides to let a UWEC faculty member know about it. That UWEC faculty member passes on the URL.…

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