Apple Watch success means universities are banning all watches in exams

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Universities around the world are banning all watches in exams because invigilators don't have the time to check if they are smartwatches. And it looks like the Apple Watch and its apps are to blame.

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The University of London, which is made up of a number of universities in the capital, and City University London have both said that smartwatches will cause problems with monitoring cheating in exam halls.

Now Massey University in New Zealand has joined them by banning all watches from examination rooms. The University said in an email to students that it was "not possible to just ban smartwatches" as they look so similar to wristwatches. Auckland University also stated that it will be reviewing its exam regulations on watches.

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Last year, the University of London singled out the Apple Watch as a particular concern with its 2015 launch, on sale now with deliveries trickling in, it's just in time for exam season. BuzzFeed has more details.

And City says it is now requiring students to leave any watches in a plastic bag along with their smartphones before exams begin to prevent cheating.

A spokesperson from City University said: "Last year, colleagues and invigilators raised the issue of how we would identify a smartwatch in an examination setting. In large exam venues, with over 100 students, it simply wouldn't be practical to ask invigilators to check each watch."

Back in December, Artevelde College in Ghent, Belgium, banned all watches as a result of the growing use of smartwatches and was one of the first institutions to do so. The college was betting that its students - who weren't exactly all wearing smartwatches - would stay true to their early adopter tendencies and make the leap to wearables in 2015.

Not all institutions are choosing to ban watches outright. At Southampton University in the UK all watches must be placed in a clear plastic bag and at Goldsmiths, they must be stored under desks.

But The Guardian reports that students are stressed about the new rules with complaints that they prefer using a watch to keep time to struggling to make out a clock at the front of the hall. Students have also pointed out that it should be straightforward for invigilators to check what is a smartwatch and what isn't.

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