More students caught cheating at exams

Skrevet af Sidsel GreenKristoffer Nyegaard, translation - Foto: Jørn Albertus - 22. oktober 2013 - 10:570 kommentarer
Don't bring your mobile phone to the exam! Switched off or not, having a phone on you at the exam counts as fraud.

The amount of students caught cheating at their exams has doubled the past few years. Are CBS-students moral degenerates, or are they simply unacquainted with the rules?


The statistics speak for themselves - or do they?
This academic year’s first semester is barely over, yet 72 students have already been caught cheating. There were only 84 cases of exam-fraud throughout the whole of 2012 and only 47 in 2011.

Are CBS-students on a moral decline? Do more and more students use dishonorable methods to pass their exams? Fortunately, the statistics paint an ambiguous picture.

We don’t believe that more students attempt to cheat on their exams than in the previous years, says Mette Gullach, head of Legal CBS, who deals with all cases of exam-fraud, and continues:

The figures express an increase in CBS’ control-efforts and an increased focus on the issue amongst the exam-guards. Meanwhile, the amount of students admitted to CBS has increased, which naturally leads to more cases of fraud landing on our desks at Legal.

Mind the pitfalls
Random checks are a part of Legal CBS’ effort to control fraud. The exam-guards now check students for mobile phones during the exam, and the new effort partially explains the sudden and rather drastic increase in cases.

Many students have been caught with their mobile phones on them, and that’s not permitted, even if it’s switched off, says Mette Gullach and continues:

But it’s not my perception that students cheat by accident. They may of course get confused because of the pressure caused by the exam-situation, but if you follow the advice, that Legal always gives, you’ll never find yourself in a sticky situation.

Three golden rules..
CBS Legal’s three golden rules are worth paying attention to, since violation of the rules can lead to cancellation of the exam in question, and even to suspension from participating in exams at CBS. The three golden rules are:

1. Make sure you understand the guidelines for the exam in question before attending it, especially in relation to what you’re permitted to bring to the exam (e.g. books, computers).

2. Make sure you understand and follow the rules concerning academic integrity, including how to cite sources.

3. Listen to what the exam-guards tell you before and after the exam.

A violation of the rules isn’t taken lightly, even if it can be attributed absentmindedness. Sara Carlson, 2nd-year IBP-student, felt the wrath of the intensified exam-control last semester.

A long and laborious summer followed a brief moment of forgetfulness
I attended my last exam in June, which was a 4-hour closed book exam at the new exam-facility on Amager. I’m usually a very organized person, but 2 minutes before the exam began, I reached for my notebook, says Sara Carlson and continues:

When the exam finally began, I didn’t mind the rules and placed my notebook by the computer and started writing. 3 hours into the exam, one of the exam guards asked me what I had on the table by the computer.

Sara was immediately told to print her exam and leave the room. Although she tried to explain her situation, her explanations were to no avail.

A lesson learnt the hard way
Sara Carlson went directly to CBS Legal’s office on Dalgas Have, where she was informed of the procedure that applied to her situation and had the opportunity to explain herself.

It took nearly the entire summer for the decision to be made, and that was really tough. I feel that CBS treated me fairly, and even though I had to retake the exam in August, I can understand that it was the only proper outcome of the case, she says.

It’s not fun to be accused of fraud and its not fun to spend 3 hours on an exam that you have to discard afterwards, says Sara Carlson and concludes:

I’ve learnt a valuable lesson from this experience. I hope that my example can get others to think twice. Even though the exam-guards appear to be relaxed, the exam situation is serious and they’re obligated to react upon any deviations from the rules.

Check those rules!
If you’re not sure which rules apply to your exam, you can check them here. Mette Gullach hopes that more students will check the rules so as to reduce the counts of exam-fraud.

- However, it’s important to point out that the rates aren’t alarmingly high. Generally, the students at CBS have a high morale, and we’ll do our part to maintain it, says Mette Gullach.