University students could be fined or handed criminal records for plagiarised essays, new proposals suggest

niversity students who buy essays online face fines and a criminal record under plans to punish plagiarism being considered by the government.

 

For the first time, students caught cheating could be criminalised amid fears that a burgeoning “essay mills” industry is threatening the quality of a British university degree.

 

Last month The Telegraph revealed that upwards of 20,000 students enrolled at British universities are paying up to £6,750 for bespoke essays in order to obtain degrees.

 

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