Does this constitute cheating?
Over the holiday weekend we got to discussing the delicate line between editing and writing, which is to say, the point at which helping someone with a master's thesis crosses from helping to writing. (There was a context, but I won't get into it here.) In the course of this discussion, it was mentioned that some college students would do "research" which they would then pass on to another--possibly more literate--student, who would then "arrange" the research into words and phrases and paragraphs and sections and end up with a thesis. The justification, as noted by one of my siblings:
Hey now. All of the letters of the alphabet were there in the research notes; she just rearranged them so that they made sense.