Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Applicants and Candidates

Candidates (including applicants) for all exams are expected to behave in a professional manner throughout their dealings and to conduct themselves as is appropriate. This includes behaviour during the examination, and in all their contact with examiners, invigilators and staff of exam before, during and after the examination.

This Code of Conduct has been developed to provide a framework against which allegations of misconduct related to behaviour will be judged. In the event of any allegation of misconduct National Institute for Health Specialities(NIHS) will undertake an investigation governed by the principles given in the Exam Misconduct Regulations.

Candidates should note that by virtue of applying to sit an examination they are deemed to have understood and agreed to respect and abide by all relevant regulations, including this Code of Conduct.

General standard of behaviour

  1. NIHS acts to maintain the safety and security of all individuals associated with its examinations.
  2. Candidates are expected to behave in a professional manner.
  3. NIHS expects all candidates to treat everyone they encounter during their examination experience with dignity and respect.
  4. This code applies equally to behaviour of candidates and applicants when dealing directly with personnel involved in the examinations (in person, on the telephone, in correspondence)
  5. Publishing or posting comments on websites and social media.

Interacting with NIHS examiners

  1. Candidates are expected to act with respect for those running the examination at all times.
  2. NIHS examiners, invigilators and staff have the right to undertake their role without fear of abuse or harassment. Physical or verbal abuse, or the threat of such abuse, will be regarded as a form of misconduct, and investigated accordingly.
  3. Candidates should not attempt to harass or bully NIHS officers or staff.
  4. Harassment includes any unwanted conduct affecting the dignity of NIHS officers or staff, which is demeaning and unacceptable to the individual.
  5. Bullying may include offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.
  6. Failure to comply with written or verbal instructions of NIHS and its staff, including the examination regulations, may also be considered as misconduct.
  7. Examples of inappropriate behaviour include, but are not confined to: shouting, threats of harm (either to self or staff), inappropriate written communications, email and telephone conversations, and physical contact.

Interacting with other candidates

  1. NIHS strives to ensure that the examination experience is as calm and pleasant as possible for everyone.
  2. Candidates are expected to act with respect for fellow candidates.
  3. Candidates are expected to ensure that their behaviour is not disruptive and does not affect other candidates attempting the examination at the same time.
  4. Examples of inappropriate behaviour may include, but are not restricted to, threats, unwanted advances, questioning the fairness of another candidate's success in getting a space or passing the examination.

Academic Misconduct

NIHS regards any attempt to cheat with the utmost seriousness. Academic misconduct includes, but is not restricted to:

  1. the introduction into any examination of any materials, audio or communication devices (including mobile phones and smart watches), other than those specifically permitted for the examination
  2. any attempt to remove materials or content from an examination other than those specifically permitted, except by a person with authority to do so
  3. the use of any recording equipment (including all photographic, video and audio recording equipment)
  4. any attempt to release content from any examination to a third party/commercial organization
  5. any attempt to communicate with another candidate
  6. any attempt to gain access to, read or copy the work of another candidate
  7. any attempt to gain or pass on information about the contents of the examination (written or clinical) in advance of the date of the examination
  8. impersonation or attempted impersonation of a candidate
  9. bribery (of another candidate, examination official, actual or simulated patient)
  10. failure to abide by the reasonable instructions of an invigilator or other examination official, or breaching of Examination Regulations
  11. falsification or alteration of any results document or qualification
  12. any other form of cheating or conduct likely to give an unfair advantage to the candidate or others;
  13. aiding or abetting any of the above.
If a candidate has any concern about the conduct of a fellow candidate this should be brought to the attention of the examination organizers as soon as is practicable.

Copyright and use of materials: Candidates must not discuss, publish or in any other way attempt to share any material which they have encountered in the examinations administered by NIHS.

Appeals and complaints: NIHS receives appeals against examination results from candidates, and complaints about the conduct of the examinations. Board is committed to investigating any such cases in a fair and transparent manner in line with the NIHS Examination Appeals Regulations and Examination Complaint Procedure.

It is occasionally necessary to approach candidates for comment on appeals and complaints, and candidates are expected to respond to any such approaches in an open and timely manner.

Candidates should be assured that they have the opportunity to raise matters of legitimate concern, and that making an appeal or complaint will not put candidates in danger of conduct violations.

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