The Chartered Insurance Institute has taken disciplinary action against an insurance broker for plagiarising another candidate’s assignments.
Kateryna Oplachko of Marsh, a continuous assessment candidate, has been banned from CII examinations for 18 months.
A notice published in this month’s issue of the Personal Finance Society’s magazine, Financial Solutions, says Oplachko was found to have plagiarised the assignments of another candidate.
As a result, she was reprimanded, had her assignments disallowed and was excluded from CII examinations for 18 months. She will also have to take the CII online ethics course before taking any further exams.
The CII says any findings against members do not implicate their employers in any way.
CII director of communications David Ross says: “If candidates try to find short cuts to exams, that undermines both consumers’ expectations and the hard work put in by other members in achieving these qualifications. It is important we take these rare instances of rule-breaking seriously.”
Informed Choice managing director Martin Bamford says: “Consumers place a great deal of trust in these qualifications and advisers work incredibly hard to achieve them, so it is a real shame when people try to take short cuts.”