Campaigners fear a rise in cheating on college exams this summer

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Campaigners fear a rise in cheating on university exams this summer due to unsupervised online tests that allow students to use the internet

  • Only a small minority of subjects will have traditional “closed book” exams
  • Surveillance may involve filming students and tracking eye and body movements
  • An increase in cheating has been predicted this summer due to lax rules










Activists predict an increase in cheating this summer because universities run unsupervised online exams that give students internet access and even up to a week to complete their tests.

Only a small minority of subjects – including medicine, nursing, law, engineering and accounting – will have traditional online “closed book”, timed and proctored exams.

Many university leaders have rejected tougher measures for fear of invading students’ privacy (file image)

This monitoring may involve filming students, tracking eye and body movements, and timing bathroom breaks.

Chris McGovern, president of Campaign for Real Education, said: “Unsupervised do-it-yourself exams are an open invitation to cheaters and it is honest students who will be penalized.”

Many university leaders have rejected tougher measures for fear of invading student privacy.

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