Universities crack down on cheats

Several Sydney universities caught up in a cheating scandal that includes students using essay writing services say they are responding and cracking down on the new cheating method, writes Jean Kennedy for ABC News.

The vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, said he would personally head a taskforce to investigate academic misconduct in the wake of new methods of cheating. The assessment cheating racket involves students paying the MyMaster company to ghost write assignments and sit online tests. Students from 16 different universities have been identified as using the service.

The ABC understands the university will now look at how to overhaul the ways students are assessed, to minimise the opportunity for students to cheat and abuse the system. One option being considered is having more ‘in-class exams’ to make a comparison with the work students submit in online assessments.
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