Campaigners fear a surge in college exam cheating this summer

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Campaigners fear an increase in college exam cheating this summer over unattended online tests that allow students to use the Internet

  • Only a small minority of subjects have traditional ‘closed book’ exams
  • Surveillance can include filming students and tracking eye and body movements
  • A spate of cheating is predicted this summer due to lax rules

Campaigners are predicting a wave of cheating this summer as universities run unsupervised online exams that give 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 – receive traditional ‘closed book’ timed online exams that are monitored.

Many university heads have rejected stricter measures for fear of invasion of student privacy (image file)

This surveillance may include video recordings of students, tracking eye and body movements, and timing toilet breaks.

Chris McGovern, president of the Campaign for Real Education, said, “Unsupervised DIY exams are an open invitation to cheats, and they are honest students who are punished.”

Many university heads have rejected stricter measures for fear of invasion of student privacy.

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