How to Prevent Cheating on Exams

Faculty of Applied Health Sciences

How to Prevent Cheating on Exams


Exam Guidelines

  • In large courses where seating may be restricted, use multiple versions (or randomize questions) on tests and exams. Colour-coding tests and exams facilitates the monitoring of student seating.
  • Ensure a sufficient number of proctors for every class test or exam. In the case of final examinations, one proctor is required for every 50 students.
  • Ensure you clearly identify all restrictions on non-authorized test or examination aids.
  • If you plan to permit the use of authorized examination aids (e.g. ‘summary sheets’), ensure that your expectations are clear that these summary sheets must reflect the student’s original work—and that they are not to be copied or borrowed from others.
  • During final examinations, it is the expectation that at least one instructor (not a seminar leader or lab demonstrator) will be present for the duration of the examination.
  • Instructors are responsible for the distribution of examination materials to their students
  • It is expected that instructors will be prepared to observe the conduct of students, especially those who are sitting in close proximity to one another.
  • During examinations, instructors and proctors should watch for any suspicious behaviour.
  • This entails active monitoring of all students during the examination period.

If you suspect cheating during the exam:

  • verify your suspicion by asking another TA, proctor or invigilator to confirm the behaviour you suspect
  • consider moving the student, if he/she appears to be engaging in behaviour that is questionable (hand signals, visual cues, etc)

If you see or have evidence of cheating during the exam:

  • confiscate any unauthorized notes or materials that the student has in his/her possession
  • inform the Chief Invigilator of the irregularity
  • inform the student that they will be contacted by the Chair of the Department with regard to the investigation of a possible case of academic misconduct
  • record the event (day, time, witnesses) and inform the Chair of the Department about the incident. Provide the Chair with the exam and any evidence that is relevant to the case




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