Trinity students forced to re-sit exam after original paper was accidentally uploaded online
Students at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) will have to resit an exam after the original paper was accidentally uploaded to Blackboard, the college’s internal network.
The blunder, which affects fourth-year zoology and functional biology students, came to light earlier this week.
Students had sat a research comprehension exam before course administrators became aware that the paper had been uploaded on Blackboard some days earlier.
A TCD spokesperson said: “Unfortunately a draft version of a research comprehension examination paper in Zoology was mistakenly uploaded on Blackboard. As a result, the exam is now being reset and rescheduled.
“The Zoology Department regrets any inconvenience caused to its students.”
Zoology course co-ordinator Professor John Rochford sent an email to students after the error became apparent, stating that “the only fair thing to do is to reset the paper and rerun the exam”.
He explained that the draft 2015 paper was inadvertently uploaded following a “request from a number students for details of last year’s paper”.
The research comprehension exam paper comprises previously unseen data in tables, figures and diagrams, and students are required to interpret the data.
Prof Rochford stated that as research comprehension was not a subject that could be revised, but was based on common sense and general competence, he hoped it would not cause too much distress.
“On behalf of all in Zoology, I should like to apologise sincerely for any inconvenience caused”, he wrote.
The rescheduled exam is due to take place on Thursday, May 14.