According to the latest annual report by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), a law student was caught red-handed with 24 pages of “unauthorised notes” written in invisible UV ink.
The woman had legitimately taken her law textbook into an exam. However, it had 24 pages of secret notes written throughout it. She used a “black light” attached to her pen to read them, reports NBC.
The woman was caught after being spotted looking at the notes by the invigilator.
Experts say students are becoming increasingly more desperate to achieve high marks because of growing competition between graduates in the job market.
The report, by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, revealed one law student last year was able to smuggle notes into the exam via a statute book.
The book was allowed under exam conditions, but students had to show invigilators at the entrance that they contained no extra notes.
However, the guilty student was able to use an invisible ink pen to make 24 pages of notes beforehand – and sneakily use a tiny ultraviolet (UV) torch to read them during the exam.
The report said:
“She had annotated a law statute book with invisible UV ink, creating 24 pages of unauthorised notes which she took into her examination.
‘She was seen using the notes by other students and the invigilator, who retained the statute book as evidence.”
A spokesperson for Universities UK said cheating is taken “extremely seriously” and guilty students should expect to face “severe penalties”.
“Academic misconduct is a breach of an institution’s disciplinary regulations and can result in students being expelled from the university,” they said.
“Universities have become more experienced in detecting and dealing with all forms of cheating.”
The “retro” cheating incident, which took place in 2016, was revealed in the OIA’s recently released annual report.