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Offensive Security’s Academic Policy – Try Harder

Offensive Security is no ordinary training company.  Before you take our training, you should be aware that our approach is not to provide our students with answers but instead to expect them to work independently and hard to find solutions to the various challenges our training and exams will pose them.  The purpose of this approach is to instill a mindset that, in our view, all penetration testers need to succeed. This is core to our tough but well known “Try Harder” training philosophy and indeed is embedded in our corporate mission statement. It is also why our certifications are so highly sought after by employers.  As a result, you will see that our Academic Policy takes a very tough stance on many forms of student collaboration that other training companies may allow.

Please take the time to read this Academic Policy as we have a very strict but simple posture regarding any breach of it; in our discretion, any student caught breaching this Academic Policy in preparation for,  during or following their exam will (1) be permanently disqualified for life from the exam in question; (2) be barred permanently from making future purchases of any product or service from Offensive Security;  (3) have any existing certification(s) revoked. This includes students caught seeking collaboration or assistance from or providing collaboration or assistance to, others such as seeking or providing solutions, answers, notes, hints, support etc.

Additionally, the following activities are not permissible:

  1. accessing or copying content from, another person’s lab and/or exam report
  2. the use of sources of support such as aids, notes, coaching, advice or help provided by another or publicly available
  3. collaboration with any other person regarding exam content
  4. submission of work created, completed or edited in whole or in part by another person or having another person take an exam on your behalf
  5. supplying or communicating information or materials including lab or exam reports, details of exam labs or exploits, solutions, answers, notes, hints, support etc. to another person
  6. seeking or using information or materials including lab or exam reports, solutions, details of exam labs or exploits, answers, notes, hints, support etc. from another person or publicly available
  7. using false statements to obtain additional time or other accommodations
  8. breaching Offensive Security’s contractual terms relating to access to or use of its course materials or labs, including in relation to any unauthorized use or disclosure of them
  9. using any knowledge or expertise gained from any of Offensive Security’s courses in an illegal or unethical manner or to harm any person or entity
  10. participating in any other conduct that might compromise the integrity or confidentiality of the exam

Thank you for reading our Academic Policy.  We wish you the best of luck with your training and exams but do remember; Try Harder!

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