Campaigners fear surge in university exam cheating this summer

Campaigners fear surge in university exam cheating this summer due to unsupervised online tests that let students use the internet

  • Only a small minority of subjects will have traditional ‘closed book’ exams
  • Invigilation may involve videoing students and tracking eye and body movement
  • A surge in cheating has been predicted this summer because of lax rules 

Campaigners are predicting a surge in cheating this summer because universities are running unsupervised online exams that allow students internet access and even as much as a week to complete their tests.

Only a small minority of subjects – including medicine, nursing, law, engineering and accounting – will have traditional ‘closed book’, timed online exams that are invigilated.

Many university chiefs have rejected more rigorous measures due to fears about invading student privacy (file image)

This invigilation may involve videoing students, tracking eye and body movements and timing toilet breaks.

Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said: ‘Unsupervised DIY exams are an open invitation to cheats and it is honest students who will be penalised.’

Many university chiefs have rejected more rigorous measures due to fears about invading student privacy. 

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