Ethics of Editing?
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|Mon, 04-12-2010 - 9:32pm|
Can I ask for your input on an issue that's bugging me?
I'm a freelance editor. I do most of my work via the internet. In the past I've had a few clients who were university students looking for proofreading help on a dissertation or thesis--basically an edit for punctuation, spelling, and to make sure their formatting conformed to whichever style their department required.
Well, in the past 2 weeks I've been contacted by 3 students wanting to hire me to work on their MA theses. They want the proofreading, but they're also asking for "substantive" editing--that is, significant restructuring/rewriting to make their prose smooother, more precise, and more persuasive.
I'm wondering if it's ethical for me to take this kind of job. After all, producing one's own thesis/dissertation is one of the requirements for an advanced degree. When I was a grad student it never would have occurred to me to ask for outside help. If I take on these clients, am I helping them to cheat?
Sorry this is so long. I'd really appreciate hearing your thoughts.
Elizabeth Shipley Editing Services