How to avoid being red flagged in your eExams, and what to do if you get one

Jacob sat an eExam at home and was shocked when he was later issued with a Student Academic Integrity Procedure – but he says he is not guilty! Read on to find out how the MGA advocacy team supported him through the process.

Jacob sat an eExam recently and got himself into some hot water.

Half way through the exam, his flatmate’s puppy, Trilby the Tahltan Bear Dog, ran into the room and started chewing on the Monique Lhuillier silk curtains.  

Jacob is renting his house and damage to the property would be costly. Trying not to draw attention to himself, he glanced away from the screen. His flatmate came in and, avoiding the laptop camera, she enticed Trilby out of the room with a dog treat. 

Jacob managed to regain his composure and completed the eExam thinking all was fine.

All was not fine. 

Because he glanced away from his screen, Jacob was red-flagged during the eExam and a Student Academic Integrity Procedure had been triggered. As a result, he received a ‘please explain’ letter from Monash University and was asked to attend a discipline hearing.

What is a red flag?

In remotely supervised eExams, a red flag is generated if you move out of the frame or look like you are viewing an unauthorised device or material. A red flag will trigger the attention of the online invigilator who may connect with your video stream to see what is happening. 

Invigilators may also conduct random observations, and if they notice any behaviour in breach of the rules, you may be contacted some weeks after your exam. 

Looking back at what happened, Jacob admits he must have looked guilty – but he wasn’t cheating. 

Nonetheless, even if accidents happen, you may be advised that you breached eExam rules just like Jacob was. 

How did the MGA advocacy team help?

Luckily Jacob got in touch with an MGA advocate. The advocate helped Jacob word his letter of response and also advised on the evidence Jacob needed in support. The process against Jacob was dismissed.   

If this happens to you it is best to get the support of an MGA advocate so you don’t have to go through it alone.  

We are on your side and we do not speak to the University about your case. We guide you through the steps and attend the hearing with you. We don’t judge. 

After all, everyone, even a Tahltan Bear Dog, makes a mistake at least once in a lifetime.