It is each individual’s responsibility to be cautious when asking for or receiving “NPTE practice items.” Verifying the source of the items is of paramount importance and there is no excuse for not inquiring as to where items came from. In addition to not accepting or asking for PEAT items, you should not ask for or receive items recalled from the NPTE. The only way to be sure is to ask for and verify the source.
For individuals who registered for the NPTE or purchased PEAT, both products include warnings about sharing PEAT and NPTE items.
Not knowing the source of the materials, not reading or not understanding the security and user agreements, and/or not knowing that the materials are copyright protected are not acceptable excuses for participating in this PEAT breach.
Any individual who has information about PEAT items or NPTE items being shared online, sold, or distributed in any manner has an ethical obligation to report the information to FSBPT.
Sanctions may include a monetary fine, an online or in-person ethics course, and a requirement to write a curative statement to assure FSBPT the individual understands what they did was wrong and will not participate in such activity in the future. When sanctions are issued, FSBPT notifies any states where the individual is licensed or where the individual has applied for licensure, and FSBPT updates its Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database (ELDD) to indicate that a sanction was issued. Individuals who are sanctioned are supplied information on how to appeal at the time that their sanctions are issued. ***NOTE - Students who cooperate with the investigation receive a reduction in their sanctions based on the level of cooperation.***
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