Lancashire university exam cheat lecturer rapped

Dr Yasar Farouq Mansou

Dr Yasar Farouq Mansou

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A university dental lecturer e-mailed a student two dental exam papers days before they sat the test, a disciplinary hearing was told.

Shamed Dr Yasar Farouq Mansour, resigned from his position as a senior clinical teacher in the School of Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire, where he had worked for five years, when the allegations came to light.

However, Dr Mansour, of Bramble Court, Penwortham, Preston, has avoided being struck off by the General Dental Council’s Professional Conduct Committee and was instead given a reprimand.

Today, a spokesman for the University said: “As soon as Mr Mansour’s actions were discovered the university immediately invoked its disciplinary investigation processes and called a suspension meeting.

“Mr Mansour resigned with immediate effect. The internal investigation continued to ensure that no student group was placed at any disadvantage by this event. UCLan has rigorous processes in place to address such situations and strives to maintain a high level of academic integrity across all courses within the university.”

He was summoned to appear before the GDC for an inquiry.

It heard he was a registered dental practitioner in the University’s School of Medicine and Dentistry at the time of the offences last year.

The hearing was told on April 25, 2013, he sent the pupil, referred to as Student A, an email providing the student with a copy of an exam to be taken on April 30, 2013, and another examination to be taken on May 2, 2013.

The GDC said his conduct was “unprofessional and dishonest” and his “fitness to practise as a dentist is impaired” by reason of his misconduct.’

Dr Mansour, who now practices at Croston Villas in Garstang, gave evidence.

Representing him, Mr Brassington told the committee he admitted the allegations.

The committee considered documentary evidence from the student and a professor.

In its ruling, the committee said: “Honesty and integrity are fundamental tenets of the dental profession. The committee was in no doubt that your action in emailing Student A copies of the examination questions in advance of her examinations was a clear breach of these tenets and a serious departure from the aforementioned standards.

“You abused your position as a senior clinical teacher and the trust your students were entitled to place in you. Further, your unsolicited attempt to provide Student A with a potential unfair advantage over her peers put her own vocation in jeopardy. Your conduct was unprofessional and dishonest, which you have accepted.”

However, it said it was a single act of dishonesty and accepted he regretted his actions and was sorry.

He had attended a course which focused on maintaining professional boundaries which helped him realise the gravity of his behaviour. Dr Mansour explained his intention had been to help Student A, who he considered to be struggling academically and emotionally, but appreciated what he did was “inexcusable” and he had apologised to the student.

The board said: “The committee was satisfied that there was no risk of repetition on your part.”

Whilst it accepted his fitness to practise had been impaired, it issued a reprimand, stating: “Any repetition of such conduct could have serious consequences.”

Dr Mansour declined to comment.