The University has reportedly seen evidence that there were widespread discussions in WhatsApp groups during the exam
Up to twenty students may have participated in the cheating, reports the UKrant. The University newspaper suggests that fellow students, who were also in the groups, sounded the alarm.
Students who were in the relevant WhatsApp groups have been summoned to report to the exam committee, and have until later this afternoon to respond. The cheating allegedly occurred in both the ‘Statistics 1.b’ exam, and the ‘Statistics 2’ exam.
According to Maarten Derksen, Chair of the examination committee, a decision on disciplinary action will only be taken after speaking to the students.
Anyone that does not respond honsestly to the committee, or is found to have lied, will be asked to leave the course.
The exams took place last Thursday and Friday, and were converted into online open book exams because of the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. The students were not monitored by a webcam at the time.