University cheats punished

Students buying assignments, forging signatures and using phones in exams were among more than 540 cases of cheating dealt with by universities last year, reports the Otago Daily Times. The most serious cases saw students expelled or suspended from study, fined up to NZ$600 (US$515) or given a zero mark.

New figures show remarkable differences between the number of cheats being caught at different universities. The University of Waikato - one of the country's smallest in student numbers - had 254 academic misconduct cases last year. The University of Canterbury had just 17 cases, suggesting differences in what institutions consider cheating, and how they target and record it.

Universities have been put on notice about academic dishonesty since reports exposed companies apparently using 'ghost writers' to complete assignments for paying students.
Full report on the Otago Daily Times site