BCOM Students Outraged by FEMA Controversy

Posted On January 4, 2021

First year BCOM students are enraged by what has happened today as they were informed that all students taking the EMA1008 study unit will be failing due to a partial amount of students that were caught cheating. Innocent students are angry because all of their hard work resulted into nothing and they are getting the same consequences as those who chose to cheat. The Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (FEMA) informed their students via email stating that they had screenshots from Messenger chats as proof.

Many student organisations are coming in to support the innocent students including KSU, SDM and ASCS:

KSUโ€™s Statement:

KSU believes that the action taken in the case of first-year Bachelor of Commerce students at the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (FEMA) is unjust. Whilst we strongly condemn cheating in any form and believe that collusion should be addressed by the University, it is unreasonable that students are penalised en masse without a fair hearing before the Facultyโ€™s disciplinary board as part of a comprehensive investigation. We reiterate that students deserve a due process and investigation as per the University of Malta Assessment Regulations.

It is unjust that students who worked hard and sat for their exam independently of their peers whilst following all regulations receive a failing mark due to the actions of other students. Therefore, KSU calls for the reconsideration of this decision, following a thorough process that considers students individually rather than en masse.

SDMโ€™s Statement:

After today’s news in relation to the decision taken regarding the BCOM study-unit EMA1008, we have made the decision to look into this issue further. We believe it is our duty as a student organisation to make sure that the student’s voice is heard in such instances.

Firstly, SDM strongly condemns cheating in all its forms and ways. Online examinations, take-home exams and other alternative methods have been put in place to ensure the health of all students. Therefore, it should be every studentโ€™s duty to abide by all regulations which the University puts up especially with regards to online tests and exams.

As a student organisation, we are sympathetic towards the students who did not cheat and whose average will be affected negatively because of this abrupt decision taken by the faculty in question.

In the coming days, we will be discussing the aforementioned issue with the relevant entities including student Representatives on the Faculty Board, ASCS and KSU. In the meantime, we encourage all FEMA students to continue to abide by the University regulations regarding online tests and exams.

ASCS’s Statement:

Today, 1st Year BCOM students received an email regarding collusion in the EMA1008 Test 1, amounting to 34% of the final grade of this unit. A decision was taken to give 0% to all students across the board in that specific test, allowing for students to resit the test but limiting their future mark to 45%.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง ๐›๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐…๐„๐Œ๐€ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐จ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ž ๐ง๐ฎ๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐›๐ฒ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ. ๐–๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐…๐„๐Œ๐€ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ ๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฌ๐จ๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž. ๐–๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐œ๐ž๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐จ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐…๐„๐Œ๐€ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ.

ASCS strongly condemns cheating in every form and are aware that the faculty in charge of handling this situation was required to take action. Students should abide by the regulations at all times, especially now that examination formats have changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we strive for the fair treatment of all and find it unjust to take a blanket decision of failing every student in their first University test, including individuals who were completely unaware of the situation at hand.

Written by Emma Galea

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