Millions of college students use Chegg, which professors say enables cheating—and possibly blackmail

By: | November 10, 2021

An apparent good Samaritan had bad news for math professor Juan Gutiérrez: One of his students cheated on an exam.

The person, who identified himself as an incoming graduate student in the USA, said he helped an undergraduate on a test after the two connected online. The emailer said he worked for Chegg, a website that sells itself as a one-stop shop for collegians who need help with their studies.

Some academics and students know Chegg for another reason: claims it enables cheating in the classroom.

“It pains me to see students taking undue advantage of the pandemic situation to boost their GPA without putting any effort,” the emailer told Gutiérrez.