The aim of this policy is to protect the interests of WSET students and safeguard the integrity of WSET qualifications by ensuring compliance with WSET Policies and Procedures. It provides a framework for the identification, reporting and management of any potential malpractice or maladministration and for the application of sanctions.
Non-compliance with WSET Policies and Procedures generally falls into one of two categories:
1. Maladministration, where non-compliance is accidental rather than intentional; and
2. Malpractice where non-compliance is intentional or the result of negligence.
The boundaries between maladministration and malpractice are not clear-cut. Some incidents may fall into either category depending on the wider context. Some maladministration incidents may become malpractice e.g. through failure to implement corrective measures, repetition of the incident, or subsequent attempt at non-disclosure or misrepresentation. A malpractice incident may be deemed to be maladministration if there are extenuating circumstances. Whether a situation is maladministration or malpractice will be determined by WSET Awards following an investigation.
Malpractice or maladministration may include:
Where MWEC staff members are involved, we will take procedures to correct any existing malpractice/maladministration. Based on the degree of violation, warning letters will be issued, and utmostly termination of employment contract could be applied.
MWEC will report any case of suspected/actual malpractice and maladministration immediately to WSET Awards in order to ensure the appropriate action to be taken. MWEC will co-operate fully with WSET Awards in any investigation of alleged malpractice/maladministration.
If our action/maladministration leads to students/candidates being disadvantaged, it will be handled in accordance with our Complaints and Appeals Policy.
In the event of students’ malpractice, the following sanctions are applicable:
The student is issued with a written warning that if the offence is repeated within a set period of time then further specified sanctions will be applied.
Exam Result Declared Null and Void
A student’s exam result is disallowed. This may include invalidation and recall of a certificate already issued.
Disqualification from a Qualification
The student is disqualified from participating in the concerned qualification with immediate effect and further excluded from participating in any further WSET qualifications for a period of 12 months.
The learner is disqualified from participating in any courses or assessments leading to WSET qualifications.