Sector gathers to discuss how to tackle contract cheating

October 31, 2017

Representatives from Australian higher education providers have taken part in the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) forum on academic integrity, held on 27 October at UNSW in Sydney.

In light of the recent release of TEQSA’s Good Practice Note: Addressing contract cheating to safeguard academic integrity, the forum provided an opportunity for attendees to hear about best practice approaches to tackling breaches of academic integrity and the issue of contract cheating.

Attendees heard from Professor Tracey Bretag, the Good Practice Note’s author, Associate Professor Cath Ellis, TEQSA’s Chief Commission, Nick Saunders and Chief Executive Officer Anthony McClaran. UNSW Student Representative Council member Ramesha Abeyratne was also on hand to give a student perspective on the issue. 

Anthony McClaran said that the forum was a sign of TEQSA’s commitment to working with the sector to tackle risks to educational quality.

“Breaches of academic integrity pose risks to many facets of Australian higher education. They harm the reputation of what is a vital contributor to Australia’s economy and can erode trust in qualifications from employers” said Mr McClaran.

"It is pleasing to see the sector work together to share best practice approaches to tackling breaches of academic integrity, ensuring that student learning outcomes and the sector’s reputation are upheld."   

The Good Practice Note is offered in conjunction with guidance material on what TEQSA will expect to see when a assessing higher education provider’s compliance with the Higher Education Standards Framework, which calls for policies that “promote and uphold”  academic integrity by both staff and students.

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