Thirty-four realtors from the Toronto area have been sanctioned by Humber College for “deliberate and organized misconduct” pertaining to their licensing exams. This means that the realtors have lost the provincial registration that allows them to sell real estate in the province.
Earlier this month, the college announced that the Humber Real Estate Education Program became aware of learning misconduct around the completion of exams.
“We have been investigating the matter. Our investigation to date has identified deliberate and organized misconduct,” reads a statement from the college.
“Those who, on the balance of probabilities, have been found guilty of misconduct and who have completed the pre-registration phase, will have their Humber completion status rescinded as they no longer satisfy the requirements for the program.”
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The statement says both the college and the program take matters of academic misconduct seriously, as academic integrity is critical to the institution and all its programs.
Subsequently, those in the program responsible for misconduct have since been notified, sanctioned, and suspended from the program, the college said.
The college has also notified the industry regulator, the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), of the registered salespeople who were guilty of the misconduct. RECO will also apply disciplinary action to these individuals as required.
RECO said that it’s been notified of the learner misconduct and has since voided the registrations of the learners whose program completion status was rescinded by Humber.
“We take matters of academic misconduct very seriously and will continue to work with Humber to maintain the integrity of the program and exams. Anyone with evidence of cheating should contact Humber,” said RECO.
Currently, RECO’s website shows it terminated the registration of 34 salespeople on October 29. In each case, the council cited “failure to complete the designated educational courses required to be eligible to practice under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, 2002 (REBBA).”
While it remains unclear what kind of misconduct occurred, Humber’s Learner Misconduct Policy includes plagiarism, copying others’ work, buying or selling exam questions, papers, or assignments, using prohibited materials in an assignment, falsification of materials, and working with others on assignments meant to be completed alone.
In order to become a realtor in Ontario, one must complete Humber College’s Real Estate Education Program. In order to apply, an applicant must have graduated high school or have a designated equivalency. The Pre-Registration Phase of the program costs $3,590 while the post-registration course adds another $570, bringing the total program cost to $4,160, according to the college website.
The Pre-Registration Phase of the program comprises five courses, four exams, and two simulation sessions that must be completed sequentially; learners have a maximum of 24 months to complete pre-registration.
Humber says it will continue to monitor current and future exams and will also review previous exams to see if additional suspicious or misconduct behaviour can be identified.
STOREYS reached out to Humber College for further comment but had not heard back at the time of publication.
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