An investigation has now determined 24 medical students cheated on an exam at Adelaide University last year.
The fifth-year students used iPads on which details of the medical exam were stored.
The board of examiners has found the students breached the university’s academic honesty policy.
They have been given a 10 per cent reduction on their assessment and are being directed about which course material to study in their sixth year.
Dean of Medicine, Professor Alistair Burt, says all the students who cheated will have to do extra study in their sixth year and several will have to re-sit the exam.
“For a single student all of their marks were deducted from that rotation, for two they incurred a penalty which deducted 10 per cent off, that then meant they failed,” he said.
“In the honesty policy and the dishonesty procedures there is the capacity to vary that but we have stuck very carefully to what is within our written policy.”
The university says despite the problem it will keep using technology such as iPads in exams.