DELSU Goes Tough On Examination Fraud

BARELY a month after the management of Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, sanctioned over 150 students for various acts of examination misconduct, another stroke of disciplinary action has been meted out on new defaulters as no fewer than 126 students were handed with various rustication sanctions ranging from two semesters to eight semesters, while some were expelled from the university.
This information was contained in the summary of the final joint report of the two groups of Examination Malpractice Mobile Disciplinary Committee for first semester of Regular/Continuous Education programmes for 2014/2015 academic session from March 30 to April 30, 2015 which was made available in the university’s online bulletin of May, 2015.
According to the report, some of the students were expelled for impersonation and unlawful leaving of examination halls with answer booklets; while a larger chunk of them were rusticated for cheating, aiding and abetting malpractice, taking extraneous materials into examination halls, forgery of receipts, fake identity cards and similar offences.
The report also revealed that some suspected defaulters were discharged and acquitted for lack of evidence, while few were warned for insufficient evidences.
It will be recalled that the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Victor Peretomode, in his address during the 9th convocation ceremony of the university earlier this month, noted that his administration frowns at all forms of academic dishonesty, adding that he will not hesitate to show the way out to anyone found wanting.
Contacted, the Student Union President of DELSU, Comrade Okeroghene Kelvin Sajini, confirmed the sanctions but said he was out of the state for a function. He, however, promised to do his best to help the affected students, adding however, that he cannot go beyond his constitutional limits.
He said, “I am presently not in town, but I heard of the development. Some of the students have been calling me, but I asked them to wait until I come back. When I return from my journey, I will look at the constitution and see what I can do for them within my powers”.
Meanwhile, the decision of the university to get rid of culprits of examination malpractice has been widely commended in the social media by students of the university. Many of them opined that the decision will deter students from engaging in malpractices and from receiving academic credits they did not earn.
One of the messages from an Engineering student, who averred that examination malpractice has penetrated virtually all departments in the country, read thus, “I’m all for justice for charges of examination malpractice concretely underpinned by evidence so long as it will possibly deter others from towing same path.
“It beats my imagination why a student, whose chief occupation is to study, would rather resort to malpractice than read his books. It doesn’t really cost anything for one to sit and read for ones exam. But it does cost a lot to bank on cheating – the heart-tearing tension, the risk and possible failure if your plans of cheating fails to turn out well”, she observed.