Disciplinary matters: December 2017 – January 2018
BREACH OF THE CII CODE OF ETHICS
Shani Odedra, Leicester, UK
The respondent was found to have falsified his FA7 result and held himself out as having passed the exam when he had not. The respondent refused to co-operate with the CII during the investigation. The respondent was given opportunities to challenge the evidence and did not place any alternative positions to the evidence, despite being given numerous opportunities to do so. The case examiner was therefore satisfied to proceed to determine the matter under Disciplinary Procedure Rule 7.1(b). The sanctions imposed on the respondent were:
a) That he be reprimanded;
b) Take and complete the CII online ethics course;
c) Be declared ineligible for membership of the CII for the maximum period of 3 years;
d) Be excluded for a period of 36 months from the examinations or assessments with effect from the date of the order or from applying for CII recognition of prior learning; and
e) No examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the respondent during the period of exclusion will be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning with effect from the date of the order.
BREACH OF EXAMINATION AND/OR ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS
Lauren Leyland, Axa Insurance, Axa House, 4 Parklands, Lostock, Bolton
The coursework assessment candidate was found to have plagiarised a M92 Mixed Assessment Coursework assignment written by another candidate, in breach of the Mixed Assessment Candidate Guidelines. The CII case examiner, invited the respondent to approve and sign a Consensual Order under 9.1 of the CII Disciplinary Procedure Rules 2015, to which the respondent agreed, and which was signed on 22 November 2017.
The sanctions issued were that the respondent:
a) be reprimanded
b) had her assignment result disallowed
c) be excluded from CII examinations and assessments for 18 months (with effect from 1 April 2017) and would have to take the CII on-line ethics course before taking any CII exams and assessments or applying for recognition of prior learning in future or applying to renew membership of the CII
d) would not be eligible for CII recognition of prior learning for examinations, assessments or qualifications obtained by the respondent during the 18 month period of exclusion. T
he case examiner reduced the sanction which would otherwise have been applied in respect of the offence for c) and d) from 2 years in the light of the respondent’s early admission of the charge.
“To date, the CII has dealt with 21 instances of non-members using CII designations for 2017. As this is an infringement of CII’s trademarks, where people persist in misusing CII designations, legal action will be taken against them”.
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