Please read this policy carefully before sharing any of your personally identifiable information with us.
At LAPO Institute we recognise that privacy is important. This Policy applies to all of the products, services, resources and courses offered by LAPO Institute.
Information we collect and how we use it:
We may collect the following types of information:
- Information you provide – When you sign up for any course/training with LAPO Institute, we ask you for personal information (such as your name, email address and an account password).
- User communications – When you send email or other communication to LAPO Institute, we may retain those communications in order to process your inquiries, respond to your requests and improve our services.
- Providing our resources and services to users, including the display of customized content and advertising;
- Auditing, research and analysis in order to maintain, protect and improve our services;
- Ensuring the technical functioning of our network; and
- Developing new services, building new courses and resources.
LAPO Institute processes personal information on our servers in Nigeria. We may process personal information to provide our own services.
Choices for personal information
When you sign up for a particular course that requires registration, we ask you to provide personal information. If we use this information in a manner different than the purpose for which it was collected, then we will ask for your consent prior to such use.
If we propose to use personal information for any purposes other than those described in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, we will offer you an effective way to opt out of the use of personal information for those other purposes. We will not collect or use sensitive information for purposes other than those described in this Policy and/or in the specific service notices, unless we have obtained your prior consent.
You can decline to submit personal information to any of our resources or courses, in which case LAPO Institute may not be able to provide those resources to you.
LAPO Institute only shares personal information with other companies or individuals in the following limited circumstances:
- We have your consent. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.
- We provide such information to our subsidiaries, affiliated companies or other trusted businesses or persons for the purpose of processing personal information on our behalf. We require that these parties agree to process such information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
- We have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of such information is reasonably necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request, (b) enforce applicable Terms of Service, including investigation of potential violations thereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues, or (d) protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of LAPO Institute and its’ staff, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.
- We may share with third parties certain pieces of aggregated, non-personal information, such as the number of users who searched for a particular term, for example, or how many users clicked on a particular advertisement. Such information does not identify you individually.
We take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or unauthorized alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. These include internal reviews of our data collection, storage and processing practices and security measures, as well as physical security measures to guard against unauthorized access to systems where we store personal data.
We restrict access to personal information to LAPO Institute site members, employees, contractors and agents who need to know that information in order to operate, develop or improve our services. These individuals are bound by confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline, including termination and criminal prosecution, if they fail to meet these obligations.
LAPO Institute processes personal information only for the purposes for which it was collected and in accordance with this Policy or any applicable service-specific privacy notice. We review our data collection, storage and processing practices to ensure that we only collect, store and process the personal information needed to provide or improve our services. We take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we process is accurate, complete, and current, but we depend on our users to update or correct their personal information whenever necessary.
Accessing and updating personal information
When you use LAPO Institute resources and courses, we make good faith efforts to provide you with access to your personal information and either to correct this data if it is inaccurate or to delete such data at your request if it is not otherwise required to be retained by law or for legitimate business purposes. We ask individual users to identify themselves and the information requested to be accessed, corrected or removed before processing such requests, and we may decline to process requests that are unreasonably repetitive or systematic, require disproportionate technical effort, jeopardize the privacy of others, or would be extremely impractical (for instance, requests concerning information residing on backup tapes), or for which access is not otherwise required. In any case where we provide information access and correction, we perform this service free of charge, except if doing so would require a disproportionate effort. Some of our services have different procedures to access, correct or delete users’ personal information.
Changes to this policy
As a business which carries out assessment we have an obligation to ensure that the students receive a fair and accurate representation of their work, whether this is in the form of assessing evidence for vocational qualifications or submissions of assignments or examinations.
Plagiarism undermines the value of qualifications for all concerned from the student, the training provider and the awarding body, as it undermines their credibility. If a student passes an assessment or gains a qualification by unfair means, it is unfair to others who have gained the qualification by proper means. For those reasons we must ensure that plagiarism and other forms of cheating have not taken place.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism involves knowingly taking and using another person’s work and claiming it directly or indirectly as your own.
It can be a fine dividing line between deliberate plagiarism and failure to acknowledge sources of information or contributions by other parties appropriately.
To avoid plagiarism you must give clear credit and make references whenever you use:
- Another person’s idea, opinion or theory
- Statistics, and various data such as graphs, etc.
- Quotations or paraphrases of another person’s written or spoken words.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that work submitted for purposes of assessment is their own and to ensure that any input from a third party is clearly referenced.
It is the responsibility of assessment staff, examiners and invigilators to stress to the students that we as a provider and the awarding bodies will not tolerate plagiarism and will investigate any such identified occurrences of plagiarism and ultimately inform them of the consequences if they fail to comply.
Steps to reduce the potential for plagiarism should always be taken; this may be in the form of changing assessment plans and individualizing. Randomly asking questions rather than standardizing, or having a bank of questions on which to draw also changing methods of assessment where possible. Ensuring an appropriate level of assessors, supervision and or invigilators, who are suitably trained, are available.
Candidates should be encouraged to put in quotations for everything that comes directly from another person. Also to paraphrase, but ensure that they are not just simply rearranging or altering a few words.
Evidence of plagiarism must be gathered carefully and confidentially. All documentation relating to a potential case must be retained and stored securely.
In all cases the person carrying out the investigation must ensure that there is clear evidence that plagiarism has taken place.
Therefore the following must be considered:
Was the outcome of the qualification changed by the plagiarism? If so then the assessment should be taken again.
If the plagiarism was minor and did not appear to be intentional cheating then guidance and support should be given to the student to overcome this.
If the plagiarism takes the form of copying and pasting material from a resource such as the internet the student must be made aware that this is unacceptable and must be advised to resubmit.
If the student fails to understand it should be questioned as to whether the course is suitable for them or whether the assessment instructions are clear.
If after a thorough investigation it is clear that plagiarism has occurred the candidate must be informed of the consequences.
Depending on the qualification, this could be resubmitting evidence as part of a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ), voiding an examination result or re-sitting an examination.
If the candidate disputes the allegation they have the right to appeal to the Awarding Body. Details of the individual awarding body’s procedure should be made available to the candidate at the earliest opportunity and both parties should follow their guidance.