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February 25, 2005

Your report on student cheating omits important issues ("Over half ignore cheating", February 18). In most institutions, the detection of plagiarism triggers a time-consuming procedure of reporting, investigation and appeals.

Moreover, an increasing proportion of the curriculum is taught by postgraduate students or hourly paid part-time lecturers, and neither category receives any extra pay for time spent dealing with plagiarism.

It is hardly surprising if cases slip through the net.

Graham Sharp


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