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Fraud and Free-riding

REGULATIONS

A exam/test is an investigation of knowledge, skills and insight of a student. A student has to deliver only his own and original work. If not, it will be considered as fraud or plagiarism. Also free-riding behaviour, that is benefiting from other people's efforts in groups (assignments) while not putting in the same effort as the other group members, can be considered as fraud.

When an examiner detects fraud in a test or assignment he or she has to report this to the examination board. The board then investigates the case and determines whether sanctions will be applied and what they will be.

PROCEDURE

If an examiner or invigilator has a motivated suspicion of fraud before, during or after an exam, the examiner/invigilator makes a note of this on the student’s exam (test) The examiner also notes the circumstances surrounding the irregularity and fills out the Notification of fraud. This notification is submitted to (the registry) of the Examination Board BMS.

If an examiner notices a motivated suspicion of plagiarism the examiner will fill out the Notification of Plagiarism form and submit this notification to the Registry of the examination board BMS. The examiner should inform the board on which parts are plagiarised and should inform the students that a notification was send to the examination board.

FRAUD

The Education and Examination Regulation contains a section with regulations in case of an academic offense (fraud or plagiarism). You will find that section here:

Regulation on Fraud (English version)

FREE-RIDING

Within the faculty of BMS all programmes have several units of study and modules containing group work. The phenomenon of free-riding behaviour is one of the most negatively side effects of group work. Students finish their units of study or modules by benefiting from someone else’s efforts, in many cases other project group members or fellow students. This behaviour is not desirable and not accepted in an academic environment.

WHAT IS FREE-RIDING BEHAVIOUR?

The definition of free-riding behaviour: a student benefits from someone else’s efforts and by doing that, delivers none or a minimal contribution to an assignment that has to be executed by the project group. This student will gain from the positive grading of the group assignment with a low contribution. The contribution in this matter can be knowledge, skills or effort.

TIPS TO PREVENT FREE-RIDING BEHAVIOUR

 The examiner can prevent this behaviour in several ways. For example:

You as a student can prevent free-riding behaviour too. For example by:

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OR SANCTIONS OF FREE-RIDING BEHAVIOUR?

IF YOU NOTICE FREE-RIDING WITHIN YOUR PROJECT GROUP, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

PLEASE NOTE!

Free-riding also happens outside of your study activities. It is very important that you inform group or project members regarding this matter. This may not be easy, but it is a skill that you will need the rest of your working life.