Drawing the line between editing a student’s work and cheating

August 28, 2017

At what point is it considered cheating for someone to help a student with editing an academic paper? That is the question that has been asked in various corners of the University of Victoria, writes Jessica Natalie Woollard. Students at the school have reportedly complained about the services at the school’s writing centre because they expected staff to “fix up” their papers. Sara Beam, an associate professor in the faculty of history at UVic and chair of the senate committee on academic standards, says that these conversations have spurred the university to take action and to set clear academic guidelines on how another person is allowed to support a student’s writing process. The author goes on to explore how UVic created a policy that explicitly restricts students’ use of editors for their papers. University Affairs