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  • Newspaper

    Essay mills: 'Contract cheating' to be made illegal in England

    UK

    - BBC News

    According to the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, there are over 1,000 essay mills in operation in UK universities. The government announced that offering essay-writing services to students for a fee will become a criminal offence under plans to tackle cheating. Universities welcomed this decision and introduced codes of conduct with severe penalties for submitting work that is not a student's own.

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    Minister stripped of PhD title acquired through ‘deceit’

    Germany

    Michael Gardener - University World News

    The thesis of the former German minister for family affairs was found to contain nearly 70 passages violating good academic practice. The Free University of Berlin required the minister to return the PhD certificate within one month after notification of the withdrawal of the degree, acquired through “deceit regarding independent academic achievement”.

  • Promoting Higher Education integrity: Montenegro adopts its Ethics Charter

    News

    Having been one of the first countries in Europe to enact a law on academic integrity, Montenegro has now adopted an Ethics Charter to further protect and promote academic integrity in higher education. This initiative, supported by the Council of Europe, benefited from IIEP-UNESCO’s technical expertise.

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    Remote cheating leads to ‘corona degrees’ in Greece

    Greece

    Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP - Study International

    Examination standards are virtually impossible to reinforce in a distance-learning environment where hundreds of students are simultaneously online. The Dean of the University of Crete’s literature department reports that it is easy for students to Google exam answers even under the eye of supervisors on camera. A 20- year-old student said that one of her friends gave 100 euros to a teacher to sit for her math exam. Similarly, a 20-year-old psychology student took exams on behalf of 2 of her friends and nobody realized.

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    Call for essay mills ban amid surge in university cheating cases

    UK

    Gregor Aiken and James Wyllie - The Press and Journal

    The “proliferation” of essay mills over the past 5 years has led to an increase in the number of plagiarism cases. Last year, 338 cases were reported by universities in the North, with the majority of cases at Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon University. 1,000 essay mills companies are currently operating across the UK. Some are allegedly involved in exploiting graduates overseas where they are forced to work 12-hour shifts producing essays for as little as $1 an hour.

  • Newspaper

    Board mulls anti-cheating platform for universities

    Estonia

    - University World News

    The Estonian Board of Education and Youth (Harno) is planning to test an exam monitoring platform, called Proctorio, and is currently collecting data on the needs of universities that have expressed interest in implementing the platform to stop cheating in exams. This US developed application allows for out-of-classroom exam monitoring and can be connected to older anti-cheating platforms.

  • Newspaper

    UK degree fraud: 85 fake university websites taken down in five years

    UK

    Rachell Hall - The Guardian

    As part of the government's crackdown on degree fraud, and to safeguard the international reputation of UK universities, 85 fake UK university websites have been shut down since 2015. Websites have also been found selling fake degree certificates from real universities: a BBC investigation in 2014 found a website selling the University of Kent for £500, which were described as for “novelty purposes, or as a replacement for lost diplomas”. Employers are encouraged to carefully vet the qualifications of any new employees as “The only way to stop these operators is to remove the demand”.

  • Newspaper

    GroupMe alleged cheating scandal causes Cal State LA to trend on Twitter

    UK

    Tahiti Salinas, Rosio Flores - University Times

    A Cal State LA student allegedly denounced the actions of her classmates in a discussion forum on Canvas. Using the GroupMe app, students participated in cheating such as sharing answers and taking credit for the work of others. According to the Vice president for student life and dean of students, the University investigates all alleged acts of dishonesty and will hold students accountable if found responsible.

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    Austrian labour minister quits over plagiarism allegations

    Austria

    Agence France Press - The Guardian

    The Austrian minister of labour resigned from her cabinet post after allegations that her university work was fraudulent. An expert in academic fraud detection reported that her 2006 master’s thesis displayed “plagiarism, incorrect quotations and lack of knowledge of the German language”. More than a fifth of the text in the thesis she submitted last May at the Technical University of Bratislava, had been taken from other sources without quotes, including an article in Forbes magazine.

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