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  Malpractice and Maladministration Policy   AQ_02-a07_Malpractice and Maladministration Policy Page 1  of 9   Reference Number: AQ_02-a07 Malpractice and Maladministration Policy   Revision History Version Last revised Next review date Policy Owner Notes  AQ02 14 February 2012 30 April 2012 James Stephenson Created  AQ02_a01 17 April 2012 30 April 2013 James Stephenson Reviewed and revised  AQ02_a02 15 April 2013 30 April 2014 James Stephenson Reviewed and revised  AQ02_a03 15 August 2013 30 April 2014 James Stephenson Reviewed and terminology updated  AQ02_a04 6 December 2013 30 April 2014 James Stephenson Change to corporate house style  AQ02_a05 10 April 2014 30 June 2015 James Stephenson Updated definitions  AQ02_a06 9 June 2015 30 June 2016 James Stephenson Reviewed and revised  AQ02_a07 4 January 2016 30 June 2016 Claire Garth Updated A02a02MalracticeandMaladministrationPolic    AQ_02-a07_Malpractice and Maladministration Policy Page 2 of 9 CONTENTS 1. Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 3 1.1. Policy Statement................................................................................................................ 3 1.2. Scope and Definitions ........................................................................................................ 3 1.2.1. Malpractice .................................................................................................................. 3 1.2.2. Maladministration ......................................................................................................... 3 1.2.3. Candidate Malpractice (Academic Misconduct)............................................................ 3 1.2.4. Special Considerations ................................................................................................ 4 1.2.5. Persons involved in malpractice and maladministration ............................................... 4 1.2.6. Seriousness of Malpractice .......................................................................................... 4 2. Duties and obligations ............................................................................................................... 4 2.1. Duties and Obligations of Centres ..................................................................................... 4 2.2. Duties and Obligations of NCC Education ......................................................................... 5 3. How to report malpractice.......................................................................................................... 5 4. Procedure for dealing with allegations of malpractice ................................................................ 6 4.1. Communications ................................................................................................................ 6 5. The Allegation ........................................................................................................................... 6 5.1. Suspected malpractice identified by NCC Education Examiners and Moderators .............. 6 5.2. Suspected malpractice identified by a centre ..................................................................... 6 5.3. Malpractice reported by others .......................................................................................... 6 6. NCC Education’s Response  ...................................................................................................... 7 7. Investigating Malpractice and Maladministration ....................................................................... 7 8. The Report ................................................................................................................................ 8 9. The Decision ............................................................................................................................. 8 10. Appeals ..................................................................................................................................... 9 11. Centre Policies on Malpractice and Maladministration ............................................................... 9 11.1. Annual Monitoring ........................................................................................................... 9 11.2. Advice and Guidance ...................................................................................................... 9    AQ_02-a07_Malpractice and Maladministration Policy Page 3 of 9 1. Introduction 1.1. Policy Statement NCC Education is committed to ensuring access to fair assessment for all candidates, to protecting the integrity of qualifications which we award, and to full compliance with the expectations of our regulators, Ofqual. To that end, this policy is designed to define malpractice and maladministration, clarify the roles and responsibilities of centres, candidates and NCC Education and outline the procedures that will be followed when there are issues of suspected malpractice within a centre. 1.2. Scope and Definitions 1.2.1. Malpractice Malpractice is any deliberate activity, neglect, default or other practice that compromises the integrity of the assessment process and/or the validity of certificates. Malpractice can include criminal offences such as bribery or falsifying of assessment records (fraud). Other examples would include failing to maintain the security of an assessment (e.g. by giving away exam questions or marking schemes), assisting candidates in the production of projects and assignments so that the submission is not the candidate’s own work , and redacting or changing examination questions or assignment tasks, thus compromising the integrity of the assessment. 1.2.2. Maladministration Maladministration is any activity, neglect, default or other practice that results in the centre or candidate not complying with the specified requirements for delivery of the qualifications. Examples of maladministration include the contravention of examination regulations, failure to correctly follow other assessment-related processes (including the timely submission of correct samples and MSFs), and failure to abide by the deadlines published in NCC Education’s Activity Schedules. 1.2.3. Candidate Malpractice (Academic Misconduct) ‘Candidate Malpractice’, or Academic Misconduct, is defined in Section 11 of NCC Education’s  Academic Regulations as follows: “All work submitted by candidates for assessment must be the candidate's own work. It is an offence for any candidate to be guilty of, or party to, collusion, plagiarism, or any other act which may mislead the examiners about the development and authorship of work presented in assessments, including misleading examiners about the sources of information included in an assessment.”    Procedures associated with the identification and investigation of Academic Misconduct, and the penalties which will be applied by NCC Education, are addressed separately in NCC Education’s   Academic Misconduct Policy, available on NCC Education’s website .  Academic misconduct therefore only falls within the scope of this policy where it has been supported, encouraged or facilitated by a person or persons in the employ of NCC Education or one of its Centres.    AQ_02-a07_Malpractice and Maladministration Policy Page 4 of 9 1.2.4. Special Considerations Malpractice and maladministration imply an element of negligence, corruption or incompetence. Events which affect the candidate adversely but which are not caused by negligence, corruption or incompetence  –  for example, an examination being disrupted by an emergency situation  –  are not considered t o be malpractice or maladministration, and are covered by NCC Education’s Special Considerations Policy. The only exception to this is when events which affect the candidate adversely are not directly caused by negligence, corruption or incompetence, but could have been avoided had a person or persons not acted in a negligent, corrupt or incompetent manner. 1.2.5. Persons involved in malpractice and maladministration Cases of malpractice and maladministration will, by their nature, normally involve a person or persons in the employ of either NCC Education or a Centre (including contractors and consultants). However, anyone may be involved in an instance of malpractice or maladministration, including candidates and third parties (for example, friends and family of candidates). 1.2.6. Seriousness of Malpractice There are a range of possible types of malpractice and maladministration, as well as a range of seriousness in their occurrences. An occurrence of malpractice or maladministration must  be reported to NCC Education if it meets any of the following criteria:   a candidate is disadvantaged, however slightly, in an assessed component;   a candidate is discriminated against in whatever way and for whatever reason;   the process of assessment is, or may have been, compromised;   the validity of a result or certificate is, or may have been, compromised;   the integrity of a qualification is, or may have been, compromised;   the reputation of NCC Education as an awarding body is, or may have been, damaged;   the reputation of a Centre is, or may have been, damaged;   the reputation of an employee working in whatever capacity at a Centre is, or may have been, damaged. 2. Duties and obligations 2.1. Duties and Obligations of Centres   It is the duty of Centres and their members of staff to report all suspected instances of malpractice and/or maladministration to NCC Education.   It is the duty of Centres and their members of staff to supply any further information required by NCC Education in their investigations.   Failure of a centre to co-operate with a malpractice investigation may lead to penalties being imposed , as outlined in NCC Education’s  Candidate and Centre Sanctions Policy.   Centre staff are reminded that failure to disclose malpractice or maladministration is in itself a form of malpractice.   Candidates enrolled on NCC Education qualifications are strongly encouraged to report all suspected instances of malpractice and/or maladministration to NCC Education in confidence.
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