Investigation reveals widespread cheating among NSW university students

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On 13 November 2014 an investigation by the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that thousands of university students across NSW have used the services of Sydney-based company MyMaster to write their assignments. Students can pay up to $1000 for an essay, assignment or online test, with prices varying depending on the grade sought. Despite the investment universities have made in plagiarism software, the investigation found that cheating is widespread through NSW’s universities, with approximately 1000 assignments produced in 2014 for subjects as diverse as philosophy, economics, law and engineering.

Of course, many students maintain that have been unfairly targeted and are not guilty of academic misconduct in any way.

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