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Consequence of helping students cheat ‘should be in contracts’

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QAA advises universities to make clear that ignoring misconduct is a disciplinary matter

Universities should consider stating in staff contracts that assisting a student to cheat—or ignoring evidence of it—is cause for a staff disciplinary investigation, a standards body has recommended.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education updated its guidance for universities on essay mills and contract cheating in light of new legislation in England. The Post-16 Education Act, which outlaws the provision and marketing of essay mills, was passed earlier this year.

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