Essay mills row: how to treat a student cheat

Plagiarism penalties tend to be down to a tutor’s whim. Is it time for a fairer way?

Universities are are calling for a ban of essay mills companies to reduce the access students have to essay-writing services. SA Law Litigation & Education Solicitor Clare Mackay comments on the plagiarism debate in The Times and . 

Clare talks to The Times Legal Editor Edward Fennell about plagiarism penalties and the procedures lecturers and students follow in these cases following the recent reported rise in the number of university and college students who are using online essay mill services to effectively cheat the system and secure grades. 

Although the fact that cheating cannot be tolerated, there appears to be a lack of consistency in the way students are disciplined for their actions. so there is also a call for a system of proper, fair hearings for students accused of cheating. 

Clare Mackay comments, "Tuition fees have increased student expectation of what they receive in return. An aggrieved student can make a complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) or issue court proceedings for breach of contract and/or negligence"

To read the full article that Clare features in The Times, please click here.
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