Some big new developments in Australia’s fight against contract cheating over the last few weeks! Most significantly, legislation against contract cheating has passed parliament and became law on the 3rd September 2020.
What does this mean?
The “Prohibiting Academic Cheating Services Bill 2019” has been passed, which means that it is now a crime to provide or advertise an academic cheating service. The criminal and civil penalties for providing contract cheating services will be another tool in the arsenal against contract cheating. For more details about the legislation please visit the following link: https://www.teqsa.gov.au/legislation
What are the next steps?
TEQSA will be administering the application of this law. Funding has been granted for a new Integrity unit within TEQSA to support actions against contract cheating. TEQSA’s actions include: taking out injunctions to block overseas cheating websites and pursuing prosecutions, intelligence gathering and an educative role to help providers develop prevention strategies.
Other Contract Cheating news
At Charles Sturt University, the three faculties are working on a common approach to managing and responding to contract cheating providers, watch this space! In the meantime, please continue to forward any identified contract cheating websites to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming in October is the International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. Keep an eye out for more information about activities.
If you’re looking for some resources about contract cheating, here’s a friendly reminder of some useful tools and materials:
- Cheating at University (on the CSU Wiki): https://wiki.csu.edu.au/csu/index.php/Cheating
- Academic Integrity Policy (CSU): https://policy.csu.edu.au/document/view-current.php?id=387
- Designing for academic integrity (CSU): https://www.csu.edu.au/division/learning-and-teaching/home/assessment-and-moderation/assessment-resources-and-information/designing-for-academic-integrity
- Good Practice Note on Addressing contract cheating (TEQSA): https://www.teqsa.gov.au/latest-news/publications/good-practice-note-addressing-contract-cheating-safeguard-academic