Does Doing Work for Someone Else Count as Plagiarism?



I am a student at a small liberal arts college. I’m a pretty good writer and my friends have asked me for help on their papers. They’ve even offered to pay me for my help. Is doing someone else's work for money legal? If I cite everything properly and write original content, could I get into trouble with my institution for doing this work?


Hi A,

Thank you for your email and for your question! Though each college or university has its own academic integrity standards, doing the work for another is not looked upon favorably. I'd suggest that you consult your college's academic integrity policy for additional guidance. In general, it would be better not to pursue this opportunity. If your friends genuinely need help, perhaps you can offer to tutor them--and even charge them for the tutoring. That course of action is typically not a problem.

Hope this helps!