Unisa Takes Strong Stance Against Academic Misconduct

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In recent years, the Unisa has been unwavering in its commitment to protecting academic integrity and maintaining a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of academic misconduct during assessments.


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However, despite these efforts, there has been a concerning increase in cases of cheating, plagiarism, ghostwriting, and other dishonest practices among students during online assessments.

Recognizing the negative impact of such behaviour on the university's reputation and the value of its qualifications, Unisa's Disciplinary Office has taken swift action against students suspected of academic misconduct. Over 95% of students who have undergone disciplinary proceedings have been found guilty of violating academic integrity policies.

Unisa attributed this achievement to the dedication and hard work of the academic and support staff, the effective use of proctoring tools, and investigations stemming from the university's whistleblowing hotline.

Students who engage in academic misconduct not only tarnish their own academic records but also undermine the credibility and worth of Unisa's qualifications.

Therefore, it is imperative that the university maintains a strict, non-negotiable approach in dealing with disciplinary cases. Some students who have been identified for suspicious behaviour have expressed concerns regarding the length of time it takes to conclude their cases. 

Unisa explained that the lengthy process is necessary to ensure a comprehensive gathering of evidence and adherence to strict protocols dictated by the disciplinary policy and legal provisions. These steps ensure well-informed decisions are made regarding appropriate penalties for students found guilty of misconduct.

The Consequences Of Exam Misconduct At Unisa 

Penalties for academic misconduct at Unisa have varied, ranging from a 0% final mark to three-to-five-year suspensions and even expulsions from the university.

The consequences of such misconduct are severe, as students not only face suspension from continuing their studies at Unisa but may also be prohibited from pursuing education at other South African universities.

As the 2023 academic year commences, Unisa issued a strong warning to students, urging them to abstain from engaging in dishonest academic behaviours.

These include copying answers from others, collaborating with peers to provide answers, purchasing answer scripts from third-party suppliers, using prohibited materials, and plagiarizing by presenting someone else's work as their own without proper credit. 

To avoid academic misconduct, students are advised to familiarize themselves with and adhere to the university's rules and regulations, make use of available resources that promote academic success, and remain mindful of the consequences that result from their actions. 

By doing so, students can maintain their academic records' integrity and prepare themselves adequately for the future. The potential risks associated with engaging in dishonest practices far outweigh any perceived benefits.

The university further stated that it remains dedicated to fostering an environment of learning, honesty, and integrity, wherein students can thrive and attain their educational goals through hard work and dedication.

 

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