If you think cheating's been easier for some students amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, you're not wrong. 

A University of Calgary researcher named Sarah Elaine Eaton said on Monday, October 5, that cheating in online classes has been on the rise. 

The release said that while they don't have specific data on U of C students, "other universities" are reporting a 38% increase in academic misconduct cases. 

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Sarah Elaine Eaton

Speaking on why cheating's been happening a lot lately, Eaton said that it could be a combination of different factors.  

There are more young students taking part in online classes than ever before, and "cheating is generally higher among first-and second-year students." 

On top of that, "stress is at an all-time high." Plus, unclear expectations about remote assignments may also lead to cheating among the students. 

Eaton said that academic "corruption" could lead to high levels of corruption in our larger society.

She encourages educators and parents to get more involved in the "integrity" process so that the students know what is right or wrong.