ESU condemns jailing of students for cheating on exams
Cheating on an exam is unfair and definitely needs to be punished in academic terms. However, this should not result in imprisonment and labelling the student as a criminal. ESU believes this is an extremely disproportionate reaction to a conduct that is obviously unfair but definitely not a crime.
Higher education is not only about learning and acquiring competences in a certain field, but also about becoming adults and active citizens. Education is a long path where a student can make mistakes, that need to be sanctioned by the university in a proportionate way. Education institutions should be safe environments where students are free to learn in class, but also from their own mistakes.
Having too harsh of a punishment at a young age might backlash on the long term with the student becoming unmotivated and/or unable to pursue their studies and have a chance to a better future.