The government has asked universities to crack down on essay mills and plagiarism. Until students stop feeling cheated by the system, little will change

I volunteer to sit as a lecturer on our academic misconduct board several times a semester, joining a small panel that decides whether or not students flagged up by their lecturers for cheating have broken the rules.

We get a stack of roughly 10 cases, and for two or three hours we pore over them, not only deciding if students are guilty as charged but also what the punishment should be, according to our university guidelines.

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