“Organised cheating threatens the integrity of our universities and undermines the hard work done by honest students.”
The above are the words mentioned by the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education to protect the integrity of the higher education sector in Australia
Effective today, it is time to face hefty fines and jail time for personnel (who are referred to as “cheats” in a press statement issued) offering services to write exams or assignments under the new rule passed by the Morrison government.
The Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education mentioned that they brought this new law to maintain the credibility of Australian Higher education. Offenders caught may face jail time of up to two years or fines up to AUD1,00,000.
Making contract cheating as a crime, promoters, and advertisers are targeted who are exploiting students for money. When it comes to students, they face disciplinary charges and might be expelled as per the university norms.
Funding was already provided for the new toolkit and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has recently released a new academic integrity toolkit.
This comes with a guide to substantiating when contract cheating occurs, benchmarking tools, advice on policy, and case studies.
A mighty role will be played by TEQSA’s integrity team in gathering intelligence and administering the legislation thereby supporting the quality and academic integrity of higher education provided.
Content source: https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tehan/cracking-down-cheating-universities Image source: https://www.teqsa.gov.au/sites/default/files/inqaahe-teqsa-qbbg-academic-integrity-toolkit-v1-0.pdf?v=1594958272