Twitter Cheating Scandal Surfaces on UNA Campus Before Exams

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – The stresses of college exams may have students pulling all-nighters or cramming during extra study sessions.  However a controversial Twitter account at the University of North Alabama promises to help students-for a price.

The account violates the school’s academic honesty policy and school officials are warning students not to be tempted by Twitter.

UNA officials are monitoring the online traffic of a certain twitter account very closely – @UNAHomeworkHelp.

“It’s very concerning and we would like to find out if possible who is involved in it and more importantly we want to discourage from falling into the temptation,” said UNA Spokesman, Josh Woods.

The UNA Homework Help account promises to write papers or finish homework assignments, in exchange for money.  In one tweet, the person behind the anonymous account promises the services are “Totally confidential and worth every penny”.

“If they don`t have enough time to do their homework then they don`t need to be in school is the way I look at it,” said UNA junior, Daisy Clark.  “If you`re gonna have to pay for college, why do you want to pay someone else to do your homework?”

University officials call this bold act of promised homework help, cheating.  However, the Twitter account addresses that issue too, writing: “Cheating or not.  Everything is 100 percent anonymous.  DM me to see how.”

“Ultimately a student can choose whether to cheat or be honest and we want students to be honest in their academic pursuits,” said Woods.

The person behind the UNA Homework Help Twitter feed even offers discounts to the first five students who accept the offer.  However, university officials say the price of cheating – like failing the class – just isn’t worth the advertised bargain.

University officials say they are working with Twitter.  Officials say the account is using the school’s logo without its permission which could be grounds to shut down the account.

School officials urge students to go to the writing center or get a tutor if they need help in a class.

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