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Nervous student caught with 56 cheat notes

TT/Rebecca Martin · 13 Jan 2012, 07:50

Published: 13 Jan 2012 07:50 GMT+01:00

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According to local paper Västerbottenskuriren (VK), it was when the student returned after an extended visit to the toilet that an observant exam supervisor wanted him to explain the folded up A4-sized sheet of paper she had found by his seat.

The student then fell to his knees, only to expose another paper peeping out from inside his sleeve.

The invigilator asked the student to empty his pockets. After some coaxing the man did as she asked, and unearthed a bundle of cheat notes from one of his pockets.

After this discovery, the student asked if he could be allowed to go to the toilet to blow his nose. While there, he attempted to lock the door, but the proctor stopped him and told him to further empty his pockets.

The invigilator then discovered that the man had several more collections of notes on him.

In total, the supervisor managed to find 56 cheat notes that the student had hidden in his pockets and about his person to help him pass the exam.

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The incident has been reported to the university’s disciplinary committee, according to the paper.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:32 January 13, 2012 by Stonebridge
We usually call the person keeping watch over the exam an "invigilator", not a proctor.
10:05 January 13, 2012 by fikatid
"...After this discovery, the student asked if he could be allowed to go to the toilet to blow his nose. While there, he attempted to lock the door, but the proctor stopped him and told him to further empty his pockets. ..."

In a reputable university, "After this discovery", the student will be expelled or suspended.
10:38 January 13, 2012 by Villary
@ Fikatid, ofcus he will. His case has to be examined first to know if it was his first time or not. But I think he will get about 3months to 12months supension sentence from the school.
12:53 January 13, 2012 by suprkynu
a proctor=a person appointed to keep watch over students at examinations.

you can also use this word, its just the same.
15:01 January 13, 2012 by Rossminster
@suprkynu No doubt you can also use this word. But we don't, that's all.

Anyway, how come this gets into the papers?
18:01 January 13, 2012 by Borilla
I hope this won't affect his grade, After all, this is Sweden. Getting caught cheating has already hurt his self-esteem.
18:45 January 13, 2012 by StockholmSam
@Stonebridge and @Rossminster

What are you two on about? When you say "we" don't use the word "proctor," who exactly do you mean? Swedes? I had never heard the word "invigilator" before I came to Sweden and I still have never heard a Swede use that word. In fact, hearing this word for the first time some years ago was rather noteworthy because it is among the silliest words I have ever heard uttered.

When I took exams in a program at the London School of Economics, they specifically used the word "proctor" when discussing the testing environment. Never once did they write the word "invigilator." And prior to that, I studied at three major US universities and while the word "proctor" was quite common, I never once heard the term "invigilator."

I have to say that in this instance, The Local is right in their use of English terminology and the peanut gallery is off-base. How unusual is that?
20:58 January 13, 2012 by HenryPollard
Chevy Chase is Swedish?
21:22 January 13, 2012 by Puffin
invigilator is generally more common in the UK but proctor is used sometimes as well
21:58 January 13, 2012 by anonymous4
That is one DUMB kid who deserves to be shamed publicly by this article.
17:06 January 14, 2012 by zoroastrina
proctor: SUPERVISOR, MONITOR; specifically : one appointed to supervise students (as at an examination) Middle English procutour procurator, proctor, alteration of procuratour

proctor. Proctor, a variant of the word procurator, is a person who takes charge of, or acts for, another. The word proctor is frequently used to describe someone who oversees an exam or dormitory. The title is used in England in three principal senses: 1.In law, a proctor is an attorney or solicitor acting in some courts. 2.In the church, a proctor represents the clergy in Church of England dioceses. 3.In education, a proctor is 1) the name of university officials in certain universities, or 2) a supervisor during an exam. [The word procurator is itself of Latin origin. Invigilator and proctor are both of respectable English and Latin origin.]

Invigilate: : to keep watch; especially British : to supervise students at an examination Latin invigilatus, past participle of invigilare to stay awake, be watchful, from in- + vigilare to stay awake - more at vigilant
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