Malpractice consists of those acts which undermine the integrity and validity of assessment, the certification of qualifications and/or damage the authority of those responsible for conducting the assessment and certification.
What can constitute a malpractice but this list is not exclusive:
• failing to keep any mark schemes secure
• alteration of any mark schemes
• alteration of assessment and grading criteria
• assisting learners in the production of work for assessment, where the support has the potential to influence the outcomes of assessment, for example where the assistance involves staff producing work for the learner
• producing falsified witness statements, for example for evidence the learner has not generated
• allowing evidence, which is known by the staff member not to be the learner’s own, to be included in a learner’s assignment/task/portfolio/ coursework
• facilitating and allowing impersonation
• misusing the conditions for special learner requirements, for example where learners are permitted support, such as an amanuensis, this is permissible up to the point where the support has the potential to
• influence the outcome of the assessment
• failing to keep learner computer files secure
• falsifying records/certificates, for example by alteration, substitution, or by fraud
• fraudulent certificate claims, that is claiming for a certificate prior to the learner completing all the requirements of assessment
• failing to keep assessment/examination/test papers secure prior to the assessment/examination/test
• obtaining unauthorised access to assessment/examination/test material prior to an assessment/examination/test.
• inaccurate, fraudulent or early registration or certificate claim
• Plagiarism, learner will be required to re-submit their work in such case.
Suspected malpractice and Malpractice reported by others
Where there is suspected malpractice or malpractice being reported to our organisation, the matter will be investigated immediately.
Head of Centre will be informed and will be expected to:
• to ensure that if it is necessary to delegate an investigation to a member of staff, the member of staff chosen is independent, and not connected to the department involved in the suspected malpractice. This is to avoid conflicts of interest which can otherwise compromise the investigation;
• to respond speedily and openly to all requests for an investigation into an allegation of malpractice, as this is in the best interests of centre staff, candidates and any others involved;
• to co-operate and to ensure their staff co-operate fully with an enquiry into an allegation of malpractice, whether the centre is directly involved in the case or not;
• Seek support from the awarding body and external verifier should the need arise
• Maintain constant communication and reporting the final findings and action taken to the awarding body and other relevant institution.
• Depending on the malpractice the matter will be discussed during staff meeting to raise awareness and take action accordingly to maintain the integrity of the assessment and verification process.
All parties involved will be investigated separately whilst maintaining confidentiality.
If an individual may have been involved in act of malpractice, he/she will be given the opportunity to respond (preferably in writing) to the allegations made.
If staff is found guilty of malpractice, then the consequence will depend on how severe is the malpractice where the verdict will be either guilty or not guilty and range from disciplinary actions to dismissal.
After the decision is taken the staff(s) being investigated have the right to appeal and use a representative if need be. This has to be done with in 10 working days of receiving the decision. This has to be done through the complaint and appeal form.
All the investigation will be fully documented.
As a centre we will make use of plagiarism software as required to identify any instances of such occurrences.