Podcast: Should you go to jail if you help a university student cheat?

Proposed legislation will see it become a criminal offence to help a university student cheat. My academic opinion is that any such legislation should focus exclusively on cheating businesses. Unfortunately, the proposed legislation doesn’t have such a focus. Parents, friends, peers and partners who merely offer to help a student cheat (e.g. by offering to do their reference list) could be guilty of an offence, with a maximum penalty of two years imprisonment and $200,000 in fines.

This week I talked with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) CEO Anthony McLaren on the Radio National Law Report about the proposed laws. Listen to the podcast and hear both sides of the debate.

TEQSA is taking input on the proposed legislation until the 28th of June 2019. If you share my opinion but don’t have time to write a submission, you can sign my petition “Don’t criminalise parents, friends and peers who help students cheat”.

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