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Academic Misconduct: Plagiarism and Cheating

Please refer to: StudentSpace>Your Studies>Academic misconduct, to read the University’s policy.

Academic misconduct is any attempt to gain an unfair advantage in examinations and assessments, or to gain a higher grade by fraudulent means. Examples of academic misconduct are cheating, falsifying data, plagiarism (copying another person’s work, with or without their knowledge or agreement, and passing it off as your own work), collusion, bribery or attempted bribery.

There have been cases where students have left the University without qualifications.

You should be aware that the University uses the JISC – National Plagiarism Service to review work and detect instances of plagiarism. Your work may be forwarded to this service for checking without any specific notification being made to you.  Additionally, individual assessors make use of standard internet search engines such as Google to check work of suspicious originality.

Ignorance is not a defence so don’t get caught out.  Make sure you understand correct referencing procedures and if in any doubt ask a member of academic staff.

Grievances and Appeals

Please refer to: StudentSpace>Your Studies>Academic Appeals, for information should you wish to make a complaint about the decision of an assessment board.


Your University ID Card

For security purposes you will be issued with an Identity (ID) Card bearing your photograph.  This card will double as your Library Card allowing you to borrow from the library.

For security and also to allow out-of-normal-hours access, certain laboratories are fitted with card-operated locks; your ID card will operate these laboratory door locks.

Normally your ID card will be valid for the entire period that you are registered on your University course.

You will be required to present your ID card as proof of identity at formal examinations, when collecting assignments from the Student Office and at anytime it is requested by a member of University Staff

Misuse of Computing Facilities

Misuse of computing facilities is regarded as a serious matter and disciplinary procedures are invoked once it has been established that an individual has committed such an offence.  Depending on the seriousness of the offence, punishment ranges from withdrawal of access to facilities for a specified period of time, which can clearly be to the offender’s detriment in terms of computing coursework, to proceedings through the University’s disciplinary processes which can ultimately lead to exclusion from the University.  Full details are in the ICT security policy, which is available on StudentSpace > Get Support > IT support

It is important for you to know that, at present, the use of Faculty computers for playing games is totally BANNED.  This is due to the disruption such use causes to other users undertaking serious work.  Additionally, the use of Faculty computers to access Internet services is allowed for academic work only.

Absence / Lateness

Apart from the formal regulations relating to absence as detailed previously, it is good manners to explain unavoidable absences to your Module Leader. Persistent lateness for classes is not only bad manners, it shows a certain attitude which staff will note.

If you are late for a class the lecturer is entitled to refuse you admission to the lecture room or lab.

Mobile Telephones

If you have a mobile telephone with you, it must be switched OFF while you are in a formal class or in other situations, such as the library or computer room, where use will disrupt the concentration of others.  If it is important that you are contactable during the day, let those who may need to contact you know your ‘free’ time periods so that they can contact then if necessary or make use of message systems so that you can access messages and reply at a convenient time.

If you allow your phone to ring during a formal class, the lecturer is entitled to insist you leave the class and is also entitled to refuse to allow you back into the class until you give an undertaking that in future your phone will remain off.