Cheating, Fake, and Funny: The essence of the Panel's finding was that the Student smuggled a false exam
with her into an examination room, and submitted that false exam as though it were
the real one that had been handed out to all students during the examination itself.
Her attempt at cheating was sophisticated in some senses but crude in others. The
false exam was a curious document. It had clearly been concocted with some
degree of difficulty and cunning, by cutting and pasting various old exams from the
same course so that it resembled a real exam without actually being one. Despite
these efforts, it was not hard for the exam markers to spot it as a fake.
3. The Student testified in her own defence, and claimed ignorance of how it
happened that out of approximately 1,500 exams, hers was the only fake one. Her
evidence was not believed. At the sanction hearing, the Student's lawyer
submitted that the Panel had not actually found the Student to have been lying in
her evidence. This is not true. The Panel's reasons for its finding might have been
put delicately. However, to be clear, when the Panel rejected the Student's
evidence as to how the fake exam ended up on the exam desk before her, the
Panel was finding that the Student did not tell the Panel the truth.