Brandon University nursing class faces discipline after exam compromised by 'academic dishonesty'
2nd-year nursing class exam was 'compromised and widely available,' university spokesperson says
Students in a second-year nursing class at Brandon University are facing disciplinary action after a recent final exam was deemed compromised.
"We won't be commenting on responsibility, but the exam itself was compromised and widely available," Brandon University spokesperson Grant Hamilton wrote in an email to CBC News.
He also confirmed that the incident involved a December exam for a class of between 46 and 48 second-year nursing students.
"Academic dishonesty is always subject to penalties on a scale appropriate to the level of the infraction, possibly including a grade of F and a permanent mark of Academic Dishonesty on a student's transcript," a Thursday news release from the southwestern Manitoba university said.
"Integrity is especially critical in a field like health care, where trust relationships are central," the university said. "Given the circumstances of this particular case, BU has worked with the faculty member, the students' union, and the students in the class to fairly and appropriately deal with this serious infraction."
All of the students in the class will be offered a chance to repeat the exam, BU said, with a maximum grade of 70 per cent. Students will also have the usual opportunity to appeal their grade individually if they feel this is too punitive after retaking the exam.
"This will allow each student the time to pursue a grade that fits their own circumstances while not holding back the entire cohort from second-term classes," according to the written statement.
"We are thankful for the vigilance and ethics of those who brought this case forward," the statement said.
"We are exploring ways to continue a dialogue that will address academic dishonestly in general, and today's technological challenges in particular."
Hamilton told CBC News the university introduced a new exam policy this school year that emphasizes academic integrity, and is finalizing a new academic integrity policy.
CBC News has also reached out the Brandon University Students' Union for comment.