New technologies make cheating easy

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 September, 2005, 12:00am

Cheating by students is probably far more common than most other forms of fraud and is on the rise, the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education report states.

A survey by the US Centre for Academic Integrity found 70 per cent of students admitted to some form of plagiarism or related cheating.

Forty per cent admitted to cutting-and-pasting online data without giving appropriate acknowledgement. The centre says this cheating trend has worsened over time perhaps because of new technology, mass higher education and information overload.