17 allegations of cheating made against Athlone I.T students last year

New figures show there were 17 allegations of cheating made against students in Athlone Institute of Technology in 2017.

Eleven of the breaches were upheld and the pupils were punished, while adjudication has yet to take place on the remaining five cases.

Details released under the Freedom of Information Act show there were five breaches of examination regulations in Athlone IT last May.

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All the allegations were upheld and were spread across the business and hospitality, science and health, and engineering and informatics faculties.

One student was banned from resitting the exam for a year, while in the other four cases, the pupils were cancelled marks in their modules.

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In August there were seven allegations of cheating, including five in business and hospitality.

Four of these cases were upheld and punishment was enforced, with two candidates being cancelled their marks in all modules in the autumn sitting.

In another case, the student was docked their marks in the module concerned, along with any continuous assessments or projects attached to it.

But the other student was only cancelled their mark in the module in which they cheated.

There were five alleged breaches in exams last month, but the outcomes have yet to be decided in each of those cases.

In a statement, Dr Niall Seery, AIT’s vice-president of academics affairs, says the college is committed to educational excellence and maintaining a fair and just learning environment for all its students.

He adds that over the period in question, AIT conducted 2,898 exams involving circa 9,107 students, and although assessment breaches are considered a serious violation, 17 allegations represents a significant minority of the student population.

The full statement from Dr Seery is below :

“AIT is committed to educational excellence and maintaining a fair and just learning environment for all our students.  AIT’s Academic regulation support the equitable treatment of all students, through robust quality assurance procedures that address any attempts to gain an unfair advantage in assessment.  We are very proud of our academic standards and our processes are designed to maintain the integrity of the AIT Award.  

Over the period referenced, AIT conducted 2898 exams involving circa 9107  students and although assessment breaches are considered a serious violation, 17 allegations represents a significant minority or the student population.”