Last updated on September 27th, 2021

Unprofessional Behavior During An Exam

Unprofessional behavior includes any action by examinees or others when solicited by an examinee that subverts or attempts to subvert the examination process. If students have information or evidence indicating that any type of unprofessional behavior or any infringement of legal rights has occurred, they should submit a written report to or telephone the applicable course director, department head, and/or the Dean of Students. Failure to adhere to any of the examination administration guidelines listed above constitutes unprofessional behavior.

Specific examples of unprofessional behavior include, but are not limited to, the following:
  1. Seeking and/or obtaining unauthorized access to examination material.
  2. Taking an examination for which one is not eligible or attempting to do so, impersonating an examinee, or engaging someone else to take the examination on one’s
  3. Giving, receiving, or obtaining unauthorized assistance during the examination or attempting to do so (for example, copying from another examinee).
  4. Communicating with another examinee during the examination
  5. Making notes of any kind during an examination except on the examination booklet or materials provided by the chief
  6. Failing to adhere to any SGU policy, procedure, or rule, including instructions from examination proctors prior to, during, and after the examination.
  7. Disrupting others at the examination
  8. Possessing unauthorized materials, including photographic equipment, communication, or recording devices, including electronic paging devices and cellular telephones, during an examination;
  9. Reproducing unauthorized material, including reconstruction through memorization, and/ or dissemination of copyrighted examination materials;
  10. Providing or attempting to provide any information, including that relating to examination content that may give or attempt to give unfair advantage to individuals who may be taking the examination;
  11. Failing to sit in the assigned examination seat or moving examination papers from one seat to another, unless authorized by the chief proctor;
  12. Eating or smoking during an examination;
  13. Communicating with anyone other than an assigned proctor;
  14. Demonstrating any other behavior, which is deemed as inappropriate by proctors, faculty and/or course directors.

If the chief proctor observes or receives information, which suggests that unprofessional behavior has occurred, all pertinent information, supporting materials, and statements from any witnesses will be gathered, and a written report accompanied by a signed complaint submitted to the Dean of Students or directly to the University Judicial Office.

Implicated students will be advised of the alleged unprofessional behavior and they will have an opportunity to provide information that they consider relevant to the evaluation of the allegation.

The SGU policies and procedures regarding violations of the University Code of Conduct are outlined in the disciplinary process, which describes in detail the process for reaching final decisions regarding unprofessional behavior. If it is determined that students have engaged in unprofessional behavior, information regarding this determination, and any penalties deemed necessary, will be maintained as part of the student record by the Dean of Students and the University Judicial Office for any future reference.

Students may be asked to sign the University Code of Conduct statement prior to any or all University examinations:

As a student at St. George’s University, I am expected to conduct myself with integrity, dignity, and courtesy according to the University Code of Conduct by which I agreed to abide at the time of my enrollment. I must not expose myself to any situation that lends itself even to a suspicion of cheating, such as talking during the examination, looking at another student’s paper, or the unauthorized possession of notes and other materials. I am also not to aid, abet, or acquiesce to an act of cheating by another student. Furthermore, I agree that I have not sought and/or obtained access to unauthorized examination materials prior to this examination;  that I have not impersonated an examinee, nor engaged a proxy to take the examination; that I possess no unauthorized materials, photographic equipment, or recording devices  during  this examination, and that I will not alter or misrepresent examination scores. I understand that for any of these acts I am subject to dismissal from the University.