The policy of the Optimal Training Center regarding academic integrity in an e-learning environment is grounded in academic values, the concept of truthfulness, and respect for the intellectual efforts of students and training staff. Students and trainers are obliged to uphold these values, as outlined in this charter. This charter focuses on the behavior of remote learners, ensuring their commitment to the institute’s policy, which strictly prohibits cheating, identity fraud, or any violation of academic integrity.
First: Technologies Used to Prevent Cheating and Identity Fraud
- Trainees pledge and acknowledge the systems and penalties for detecting cheating and identity fraud before starting the test, which the trainer sends via the provided link (press here).
- Design randomized and fair tests by selecting questions from pre-prepared question banks to cover learning outcomes. Emphasis is on understanding and comprehension rather than rote memorization.
- Focus on projects and oral tests in evaluations.
- Each digital test model is unique, using new unsolved questions unavailable in books or references.
- Prohibition of photographing questions, communicating with others, or using unauthorized sources.
- Request to activate the trainee’s personal video camera to verify their identity and present personal identification.
- Passage of the camera around the room to ensure no other person is present and no additional materials, phones, or similar are within reach.
- Prohibition of wearing headphones and accessories.
- Comprehensive awareness campaigns for students and training staff regarding cheating and identity fraud systems and penalties.
- Use of technological solutions like a browser that prevents opening any other programs during the test and restricts copying the exam.
- Impersonating another person to take the test or engaging someone else to take the test.
- Behavior that negatively impacts the test, whether intending to cheat or for other reasons.
- Misconduct towards peers or test supervisors.
- Gaining or attempting to gain access to test questions before the test starts.
- Attempting to view or answer test questions before the official test time or after it ends.
- Cheating during the test, such as unauthorized communication or the use of information sources.
In case of a violation of test rules, the violator may face one or more of the following penalties:
- A warning or prohibition from taking the test.
- Considered failure in some or all test subjects.
- Cancellation of previous test results.
- Prohibition from taking tests for a period not exceeding a year.
Fourth: Investigation and Enforcement Procedures
The following procedures are used for investigation and enforcing penalties:
- A report documenting the violation details is prepared by the test supervisor and reviewed by the test committee.
- The test committee investigates the violation, documents its findings, and makes recommendations.
- Upon proven violation, the test committee presents its findings, accompanied by evidence, to the relevant management.
Final decisions on penalties are issued by the concerned management, and the violator is notified of the violation and its corresponding penalty