CHAPTER 949b
ACADEMIC CRIMES

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Sec. 53-392a. Definitions.
Sec. 53-392b. Preparation of assignments for students attending educational institutions prohibited.
Sec. 53-392c. Excepted actions.
Sec. 53-392d. Enforcement by the Attorney General.
Sec. 53-392e. Unlawful preparation of academic assignments: Class B misdemeanor.

      Sec. 53-392a. Definitions. As used in this chapter: "Person" means any individual, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or association; "assignment" means any specific written, recorded, pictorial, artistic or other academic task that is intended for submission to any university, college, academy, school or other educational institution which is chartered, incorporated, licensed, registered or supervised by this state, in fulfillment of the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate or course of study at any such educational institution; and "prepare" means to create, write or in any way produce in whole or substantial part a term paper, thesis, dissertation, essay, report or other written, recorded, pictorial, artistic or other assignment for a fee.

      (P.A. 73-581, S. 1; P.A. 95-79, S. 180, 189.)

      History: P.A. 95-79 redefined "person" to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995.

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      Sec. 53-392b. Preparation of assignments for students attending educational institutions prohibited. (a) No person shall prepare, offer to prepare, cause to be prepared, sell or offer for sale any term paper, thesis, dissertation, essay, report or other written, recorded, pictorial, artistic or other assignment knowing, or under the circumstances having reason to know, that said assignment is intended for submission either in whole or substantial part under the name of a student other than the author of the term paper, thesis, dissertation, essay, report or other written, recorded, pictorial, artistic or other assignment in fulfillment of the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate or course of study at any university, college, academy, school or other educational institution which is chartered, incorporated, licensed, registered or supervised by this state.

      (b) Nothing contained in this chapter shall prevent any person from providing tutorial assistance, research material, information or other assistance to persons enrolled in a university, college, academy, school or other educational institution which is chartered, incorporated, licensed, registered or supervised by this state, which is not intended for submission directly or in substantial part as an assignment under the student's name to such educational institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate or course of study or to prevent any person from rendering for a fee services which include the typing, research, assembling, transcription, reproduction or editing of a manuscript or other assignment which he has not prepared at the request of or on behalf of the purchaser.

      (P.A. 73-581, S. 2, 3.)

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      Sec. 53-392c. Excepted actions. Nothing contained in this chapter shall prevent any person from selling or offering for sale a publication or other written material which shall have been registered under the United States laws of copyright, provided the owner of such copyright shall have given his authorization or approval for such sale and provided such publication or other written material shall not be intended for submission as a dissertation, thesis, term paper, essay, report or other written assignment to an educational institution within the state of Connecticut in fulfillment of the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate or course of study.

      (P.A. 73-581, S. 4.)

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      Sec. 53-392d. Enforcement by the Attorney General. Whenever the Attorney General, or his deputy, has reason to believe that any person has violated any of the provisions of this chapter, he may bring an action in the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford to enjoin the continuance of such violation; and, if it appears to the satisfaction of the court that the defendant has, in fact, violated this chapter, an injunction may be issued enjoining and restraining any further violation, without requiring proof that any person has, in fact, been injured or damaged thereby. In connection with any such proposed application, the Attorney General may conduct an investigation, subpoena witnesses and documents deemed by him necessary to the conduct of such investigation and, in the event of noncompliance with any such subpoena, may apply to the superior court for the judicial district of Hartford, which may issue an order requiring such compliance.

      (P.A. 73-581, S. 6; P.A. 76-436, S. 278, 681; P.A. 80-483, S. 172, 186; P.A. 88-230, S. 1, 12; P.A. 90-98, S. 1, 2; P.A. 93-142, S. 4, 7, 8; P.A. 95-220, S. 4-6.)

      History: P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court, reflecting transfer of all trial jurisdiction to superior court, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 80-483 substituted "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" for "Hartford county"; P.A. 88-230 replaced "judicial district of Hartford-New Britain" with "judicial district of Hartford", effective September 1, 1991; P.A. 90-98 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1991, to September 1, 1993; P.A. 93-142 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1993, to September 1, 1996, effective June 14, 1993; P.A. 95-220 changed the effective date of P.A. 88-230 from September 1, 1996, to September 1, 1998, effective July 1, 1995.

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      Sec. 53-392e. Unlawful preparation of academic assignments: Class B misdemeanor. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor. Any court of competent jurisdiction may grant such further relief as is necessary to enforce the provisions of this chapter, including the issuance of an injunction.

      (P.A. 73-581, S. 5.)

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