Scam Targeting Students Emerges During Unisa Mid-Year Exams



The University of South Africa’s May/June 2023 online examinations commenced on 8 May 2023. Exam periods often expose students to scams and fraudulent offers.




There are a number of exams that University of South Africa (Unisa) students write depending on the number of modules they are registered for in a particular semester. 

Generally, most modules have one exam at the end of the semester, while others may have multiple assessments throughout the semester, including mid-year exams. 

Some of the university’s students who will be sitting for the Unisa mid-year examinations have received suspicious messages.

The university has also become aware of fraudulent messages circulating on public platforms, promising to assist students with exams or other services. 

In a statement, Unisa said:

The university is urging students to ignore such messages, as we have a zero tolerance for any form of dishonesty or cheating activity related to exams.

Although Unisa is assured that most students have not participated in such fraudulent activities, students who have been identified as having done so, have been found guilty following the university’s disciplinary proceedings.

These students have also received a three-year sanction from further studies at any South African university.

Unisa has appealed to students with information on dishonest or fraudulent activity related to the university’s exams and certification, by reporting such activity to one of the following reporting channels:

• Hotline South Africa - 0800 075 278

• Hotmail South Africa - [email protected]

Students and other university stakeholders have been encouraged to communicate directly with Unisa at 0800 001 870 or [email protected].

Should students writing their explanation need assistance during this period, they will need to contact the Student Communication Service Centre.

Who is eligible to write Unisa exams?

Unisa students who are eligible to write exams ought to be registered for modules in a particular semester.

However, the university has made it clear that students need to have met certain requirements, such as submitting assignments, attending tutorials, and paying the required fees. 

It is also important to note that some modules may have prerequisites that need to be met before a student can register for them. 

It is advisable for students to check their individual module guides for specific requirements and details on assessment requirements.


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