Information about academic misconduct or breaches of examination rules in Online Proctoring

This letter from the Faculty Chairs of the SCIENCE Examination Boards provides you with more information on how the Faculty of Science deals with academic misconduct or breaches of examination rules in Online Proctoring.

10/14/2020 | 11:30 AM

Dear student,

The first period examinations will be starting soon and may involve Online Proctoring. During the examinations that have already taken place, we noticed that many students failed to follow the rules. This letter provides you with more information on how the Faculty of Science deals with academic misconduct or breaches of examination rules in Online Proctoring.

The most important thing to remember is:
- Anything that is not permitted during an examination on campus, is also prohibited in an online examination.
- Anything that is compulsory for an examination on campus is also compulsory for an online examination. 

Some examples:
- You must show valid and legible proof of identity (VU student card, Acta card, ID card, driving licence or passport, but cover up your BSN number)
- You must do a clear and complete desk scan beforehand and properly activate the webcam
- It is not permitted to wear headphones. This applies to all types of earphones
- The use of any materials (rough paper, book, calculator, mobile phone or other electronic device) that are not explicitly permitted is forbidden
- You are not permitted to stand up or take a walk during the examination, no other people must be present or enter the room and you are not allowed to talk during the test.

Sanctions
Any breach of examination rules will automatically result in the examination being declared invalid. This is because a breach of one or more rules means there can no longer be any guarantee that the examination provides a reliable impression of the student’s knowledge. It is not always possible to distinguish between a deliberate (fraudulent) breach of an examination rule and one that is accidental. This is because the intention behind the behaviour cannot usually be gleaned from the images and sound recorded.

If there is an infringement of examination regulations and academic misconduct is found to have occurred, the Examination Board will decide what sanction to impose. These sanctions vary from declaring an examination invalid to exclusion from one or several examinations for one or more periods.

Advice
We recommend that you carefully read through all the information and frequently-asked questions about online proctoring and make sure you check it again before sitting your next test. To prevent any technical problems, we recommend that you do the practice test. Finally, we strongly urge you to be ready and waiting 15 minutes before the starting time of the test in order to ensure that you can start the examination promptly.

You can find full information on the online proctoring website.

Kind regards and good luck with the tests,
The Faculty Chairs of the SCIENCE Examination Boards