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Quality assurance agencies issue new guidelines to combat contract cheating

31 Oct 2017

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education of UK (QAA) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) recently introduced new sets of guidelines to combat “contract cheating” in higher education, where students pay a company or individual to produce work they then pass of as their own. QAA’s latest guidelines include offering clear information for students on the risk of cheating, blocking essay mill sites and taking action against essay mill advertising on campus, as well as providing appropriate support for whistleblowers. And in TEQSA’s Good Practice Note, specific advice in critical areas including policies to promote academic integrity and actions to mitigate risks were also listed out. 

For details please refer to the new guidelines published on QAA’s website and TEQSA’s website.

Earlier this year, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Institute for Educational Planning of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (IIEP-UNESCO) has issued an advisory statement for effective international practice on combatting corruption and enhancing integrity.

The above resources are also available in “External Resources” under “Publications” section on HKCAAVQ website.