In a unprecedented decision, the Law Faculty from the University of Bucharest decided to propose the expelling of 45 students for exam fraud. The decision is unique in the history of the University by its dimension. All the students were in their first year.
How was it possible and how come so many law students, some who could’ve become prosecutors or judges, decided to behave in a fraudulent manner?
First off, in Romania, as in the rest of Europe, exam frauds haven’t vanished. There will ever be students who would try and pass the exams easier, without learning the subjects. In this case, the weird thing is that these students were preparing for becoming judges, prosecutors or lawyers, meaning defenders of the law. By trespassing the faculty’s rules, all these students have disqualified themselves from following such a career.
On the other hand, how come so many students were involved in the fraud? The pandemic is to be blamed in this case, indirectly: because the pandemic, the students were taking the exams online, being supervised video and audio by their teachers. This allowed them to chat during the exam on a dedicated Whatsapp group and to solve the exam subjects otherwise then their colleagues.
Following this unprecedented case, the Faculty of Law from the University of Bucharest also decided for the future exams to be held in classes, except for any serious sanitary threats or conditions.
Is this going to stop the exam fraud? Only to a certain extend, but this example had to be made to prevent such a behavior in the future, especially from the future law practitioners in Romania.