An individual I know is in an interesting situation and I was just wondering what you guys thought about it.
This individual had an exam conflict and emailed the instructor to arrange an alternate exam time to get rid of this conflict. Meanwhile the rest of the class would be taking the exam for this course at a later time that day.
After the alternate exam was finished, this individual answered questions and provided specific topics regarding the exam by his peers who would be taking that course exam later that day.
Now this individual received an email from the instructor accusing him of leaking information and reported it to the academic misconduct board.
Now I was just wondering if this is truly a form of academic misconduct.
Just a few notes to add:
- I have fellow peers who have done the exact same thing and not face a single threat of being reported to the academic board.
- Is it not the instructor's responsibility to prepare a different version of the exam for both the individual and rest of the class?
- Furthermore, is it not also the university's and/or the instructor's responsibility to highlight the confidentiality of an alternate exam and notify the possible consequences? In all the rules and regulations, there are no clear cut rules for alternate exams or any offences that can take place.
- Does this just come down to miscommunication and failure to provide reasonable notice?
- From the rumours going around, the evidence gathered is a screenshot of a facebook conversation, is this even enough evidence?
- And if so, would it not be a breach of privacy?
- Another update: The individual did not know that it was going to be the same exam.
Thanks again and I would love to hear your thoughts about this.
As a user pointed out, the second part to this question is how can this individual minimize the damage and not face severe academic misconduct?