Unisa Warns Students Against Cheating



Examinations are a stressful time for students around the country and while many students are tirelessly preparing for a challenging exam season, some may be tempted to take shortcuts.




The University of South Africa (Unisa) has warned students against cheating during the current examination season. This university has a zero-tolerance policy towards dishonesty and cheating activity related to exams, including contract cheating.

Unisa said, “Any student who is found to have participated in any fraudulent or dishonest activity related to exams (e.g. possession of unauthorised notes or exam papers, external parties assisting with assessments) will be referred to the Student Disciplinary Unit for investigation and disciplinary action.”

They warned that should a student be found guilty of cheating, they will have their modules cancelled and their marks withdrawn. Guilty students could also be suspended from the university for up to five years.

Cheating, According To Unisa Includes:

  • Buying answers/exam question papers online 
  • Sharing answers via social networking platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram
  • Paying a ghostwriter (someone taking the examination on your behalf)
  • Submitting a falsified medical doctors certificate so that you don't have to participate in the examination
  • Pretending to have electricity or network challenges (students who have genuine issues this must apply for an aegrotat) 
  • Plagiarism (failing to reference work) 

“The university appeals to students with any information on dishonest or fraudulent activity related to Unisa exams to report it to the Fraud/Corruption Hotline on telephone number 0800 005 311” concluded Unisa.

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