The University of South Africa (UNISA) reiterated its no-tolerance rule against the sharing of module-specific information from lecturers, amid the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
On Wednesday, 22 April 2020, UNISA, informed students that it was brought to the university’s attention that some students have been sharing module-specific information, resulting in confusion and misinformation about the current academic year and some academic departments. The breach in protocol has meant that some students, who do not belong to a specific class, have access to lecturer or department-specific information, information which may not apply to the entire UNISA student body.
The university also revealed that the first-semester examinations are still scheduled to take place, however no venue-based examinations would be undertaken while the COVID-19-induced regulations are still in place. The university explained that, “The May/June 2020 examination period will continue, but no venue-based examinations will be written during this time. The university will, instead, make use of alternative assessment formats for this examination period.”
The online examinations and assessments have called for UNISA to further enforce stringent rules against plagiarism and dishonesty, two problems that are invariably a concern due to the non-venue-based or remote assessments.