Have you ever wondered about how many students are caught cheating at Oxford University? Well, statistics revealed today shows that 53 incidents were logged last year where students were caught plagiarising. This number marks a huge rise, and gives prominence to the idea that cheating is becoming a considerable problem at institutions in the United Kingdom. The statistics revealed that there were 57 cases in total of cheating last year, with ‘academic misconduct’ accounting for the other four cases. Read on for more.
As mentioned, last year there were 57 cases where students were caught cheating. 53 of these cases were plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act where students are caught copying work from an outside source, before trying to claim it as their own work. All assignments handed in are scrutinised by online software which searches for any plagiarism. The other four cases of cheating were labelled as ‘academic misconduct’. It isn’t clear what these acts specifically were, but they were enough to cause problems.
This is a marked rise from the 2016 total. In 2016, just 36 plagiarism cases were logged – meaning almost a 50% rise in just one year. The University threatens offenders with expulsion, yet there is no sign of whether or not this threat is actively carried out. Dating back to 2002, there were just 2 plagiarism cases then. There are significant pressures facing students in the contemporary age – with pressure in the job market, rising tuition and living costs, and the ever-increasing work load. However, cheating is inherently wrong.
The University’s Head of Discipline – Professor Edward Bipsham – has warned that defending ‘academic integrity’ is important for the institution’s worldwide reputation. Yet it isn’t just Oxford which faces the problem with students cheating. Other Universities have struggled to contain efforts to cheat. Technology has also facilitated a rise in cheating, with smartwatches commonly used in exams. Other methods include smuggling in notes, annotating texts or even utilising the famous skirt trick…
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So it appears that cheating and plagiarism is rife at the University of Oxford. It is disappointing to see so many cases being reported, and there is no telling how many people get away with cheating. But at the same time, the figures seen account for a very small percentage of students at the University – with it clearly an issue that only affects a minority of students. Yet it is often those that abide by the rules that often lose out, as others benefit from cheating.