Policy for Investigating Violations of Examination Standards
LOMA's designations have earned respect throughout the world by providing a broad, relevant, well-researched curriculum and challenging, well-written examinations. The superiority of curriculum and examinations means little, however, unless examinations are administered under the highest standards.
LOMA has established examination administration standards to guarantee the integrity of the examinations and examination procedures. Educational Representatives, proctors, and students must be aware of these standards and must understand that any violation of these standards endangers the respect afforded the designations. The appropriate committees of LOMA and its Education & Training Council continually review these standards, policies, and practices.
To protect the integrity and professionalism of LOMA Education Programs, students must agree to the "Integrity Statement " when they take each exam. This statement affirms that all examination administration policies and procedures were followed.
If a violation of examination administration standards is apparent or suspected, LOMA’s Due Process Policy ensures proper investigation and handling of such violations. The Due Process Policy sets forth (a) how investigations into suspected violations are to be conducted, (b) possible sanctions in the event that violations are confirmed, and (c) an appeals process for contested decisions. The Due Process Policy is intended to protect the integrity of LOMA's Education Programs while at the same time ensuring the credibility and rights of organizations and individuals participating in LOMA's Education Programs.
The Due Process Policy includes five steps:
- Initial determination of the existence of a possible violation of examination standards
- Investigation of the suspected violation
- Findings and determination of sanctions
- Communication of findings and sanction(s) imposed, if any
- Appeals process