Uni to throw book at CQU cheats



HUNDREDS of Central Queensland University students are caught cheating in exams or plagiarising every term, a university spokesman has revealed.

Among the more blatant examples were a student caught cheating in an open book exam by attaching a list of answers to their textbook.

In another case a female student denied cheating after notes were found in the back pocket of her jeans.

Her excuse: Her pockets were too tight for her to access the notes. But the spokesman was quick to point out that out of the university's 24,000plus students only a small percentage was caught cheating.

"If you drag it out across the year you're talking hundreds of thousands of assessment pieces taken by students each year and only a tiny percentage of those are academic misconduct,'' he said.

However, a group of Health and Human Movement students yesterday told The Morning Bulletin the number of people caught plagiarising was just the tip of the iceberg.

"I've got a mate who's been caught twice but others in their class got off because nobody knew about it,'' third year student Luke Fallon said. . But they said many students were unsure where the boundaries lay as far as plagiarism was concerned.

"People look at previous years' assignments for structure and even though they don't try to they end up copying bits,'' Mr Fallon said.

CQU Academic Board president Professor Alan Knight said in most cases the offending student was punished at a faculty level which resulted in counselling or academic penalties.

But he said more blatant cases were handed to the university's exclusion committee for consideration.

"Our job is not to flog students but to see them finish their degrees legitimately,'' he said.



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