The Next Time You Receive a Corrupted File…

The next time you receive a corrupted file from a student, you may want to think twice. Thanks to one of our faculty members for passing this one on:
From Inside Higher Ed: offers a service — recently noted by several academic bloggers who have expressed concern — that sells students (for only $3.95, soon to go up to $5.95) intentionally corrupted files.
Why buy a corrupted file? Here’s what the site says: “Step 1: After purchasing a file, rename the file e.g. Mike_Final-Paper. Step 2: E-mail the file to your professor along with your ‘here’s my assignment’ e-mail. Step 3: It will take your professor several hours if not days to notice your file is ‘unfortunately’ corrupted. Use the time this website just bought you wisely and finish that paper!!!”

That is truly diabolical! It ranks right up there with The Excused Absence Network: “For about $25, students and employees can buy excuse notes that appear to come from doctors or hospitals.”