40 Canterbury students caught cheating

More than 40 Canterbury tertiary students were caught trying to cheat their way into better grades last year.

Canterbury's three tertiary establishments; Lincoln University, the University of Canterbury and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, (CPIT) keep records of students who break exam rules.

Nine University of Canterbury students were caught cheating in exams in 2012.

Three of those students tried to sneak additional formula sheets into their written exams and three hustled in unauthorised material.

Another took a calculator into their exam while one took an exam answer booklet out of the room after finishing the exam and held onto it for two hours.

One was simply caught "cheating", according to university records.

At CPIT 14 students were investigated for cheating in exams last year.

CPIT views cheating as copying work from another person, taking information secretly into an exam, improperly accessing information about questions or answers, arranging for someone else to produce an assignment or to sit an exam and inappropriately using technology during an exam.

Students who submit work that was jointly prepared, but presented as if it is their own, are also noted as cheating.

The polytechnic applies mark penalties to students who cheat.

At Lincoln University, 20 students were caught cheating in exams and in course work.

The university has a centralised system for reporting and recording cases of dishonest academic practice throughout the year.

Lincoln takes plagiarism - passing another's work off as if it is your own - seriously and uses detection software such as Turnitin to identify the same phrases as used in another source.

Plagiarism, collusion (where students work together) using notes, a cellphone or copying in an exam all count as cheating at Lincoln.

Of the 20 cases investigated, 16 resulted in a mark penalty or fine.

"Lincoln University does not tolerate academic dishonesty and emphasises awareness and education of academic honesty," a spokeswoman said.

"In cases where academic dishonesty is detected and determined, the university imposes penalties ranging from mark penalties, course failures and fines, through to exclusion from the university for serious or repeated offences."

All three institutions have slightly different parameters for cheating and apply differing penalties to offending students.

The Press