Addressing increased cheating can penalize honest students: Opinion

January 13, 2021
Jade Marcil, President of the Union étudiante du Québec, describes how enforcing academic honesty can penalize honest students and create vicious cycles within evaluation without leading to changes in the system. The article explains that universities are seeing an increase in cheating and plagiarism during the pandemic. Marcil argues that attempts to remedy the problem can create a vicious cycle that punishes students who do not cheat. The article describes how a student who was not cheating found an assessment to be much more difficult because it was designed to counteract cheating students. Another student noted that though the pandemic should be a time to reform the education system, teachers continue to use assessment methods that are vulnerable to cheating. Journal de Montréal (QC)