PLAGIARISM

18. ACADEMIC OFFENCES: CHEATING, COLLUSION AND PLAGIARISM

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18.1 Cheating may be defined as an attempt to gain an unfair advantage by breaching regulations, by bribery or inducement, or by deception.

18.2 Collusion is taken to mean unauthorised collaboration to produce individually assessed work, without acknowledgement to those who have contributed to the work. It is distinct from authorised collaboration on projects which is strongly encouraged.

18.3 Plagiarism is the passing off by one person of another person’s work, without acknowledgement to the original author. Any material used in a piece of work which is not original MUST be acknowledged to the original author in the approved format, or it will be treated as plagiarism, which is regarded as an extremely serious academic offence amounting to theft of ideas. Such material may be text or image, and may be derived from published or unpublished work, from any source (e.g. books, journals, newspapers, the internet, fellow students’ notes etc.).

18.4 Suspected cases of cheating, collusion and plagiarism will be dealt with under the College’s procedure (See Annex F).

ANNEX F

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT: CHEATING, COLLUSION AND PLAGIARISM

POLICY AND PROCEDURE

1. Policy Statement

1.1 The College treats academic misconduct extremely seriously and the penalty for candidates found guilty of misconduct or deception may result in the student being permanently excluded from the College.

1.2 Academic misconduct includes cheating, collusion, plagiarism, or any other attempt to gain unfair advantage.

1.3 Cheating – may be defined as an attempt to gain an unfair advantage by breaching regulations, by bribery or inducement, or by deception.

1.4 Collusion – is taken to mean unauthorised collaboration to produce individually assessed work, without acknowledgement to those who have contributed to the work. It is distinct from authorised collaboration on projects which is strongly encouraged.

1.5 Plagiarism – is the passing off by one person of another person’s work, without acknowledgement to the original author. Any material used in a piece of work which is not original MUST be acknowledged to the original author in the approved format, or it will be treated as plagiarism, which is regarded as an extremely serious academic offence amounting to theft of ideas. Such material may be text or image, and may be derived from published or unpublished work, from any source (e.g. books, journals, newspapers, the internet, fellow students’ notes etc.).

2. Procedure for Investigating Suspected Irregularities

2.1 Examination offences

2.1.1 A candidate may be disqualified or be liable to such other penalties as the Assessment Board may determine:

[a] for having access to, or attempting to gain access to, any books memoranda, notes, mobile telephones, pagers, electronic organisers, unauthorised calculators, or any other unauthorised materials or devices;

[b] for aiding or attempting to aid another candidate, for obtaining aid or attempting to obtain aid from another candidate, or any other communication within or beyond the examination room during the period of the examination.

2.1.2 Where an irregularity is suspected, the invigilator should allow the candidate[s] to continue with the examination, but, if appropriate, any unauthorised material must be confiscated. At the end of the examination s/he should inform the candidate[s] that a formal report of the incident will be prepared and submitted to the relevant Head of Faculty or Director of Postgraduate Development and Innovation. The report must be countersigned by the second invigilator.

2.1.3 The invigilator should mark on the relevant examination script[s] that a suspected offence has taken place.

2.1.4 Following investigation and where there is explicit evidence of an offence, the relevant Head of Faculty or Director of Postgraduate Development and Innovation will write to the student, informing them of the nature of the allegation and inviting them to produce a written defence. The student will be given ten working days to respond.

2.1.5 If no defence is received or if the student chooses not to refute the allegation, the relevant Head of Faculty or Director of Postgraduate Development and Innovation shall prepare a written report, to include factual supporting evidence, which will be submitted to the Chair of the relevant Assessment Board.

2.1.6 If the student refutes the allegation, the relevant Head of Faculty or Director of Postgraduate Development and Innovation shall convene a Panel to hear the evidence formally. The Panel shall consist of an academic tutor from the Faculty not associated with the student, the relevant Head of Faculty or Director of Postgraduate Development and Innovation (chair) and a representative from Academic Services. The Panel will normally meet within ten working days of receipt of the student’s letter. The student will be invited to attend and may be accompanied by a friend who will attend as an observer. The subject leader will not normally attend, unless invited by the Panel to appear as a witness.

2.1.7 Following the Panel meeting the relevant Head of Faculty or Director of Postgraduate Development and Innovation shall prepare a written report, to include factual supporting evidence, and the Panel’s recommendation which will be submitted to the Chair of the relevant Assessment Board.

2.2 Plagiarism

2.2.1 Where an irregularity is suspected, the subject leader shall report the matter immediately to the Director of the Information Services for further investigation.

2.2.2 Following investigation and where there is explicit evidence of an offence, the Director of the Information Services will write to the student, informing them of the nature of the allegation and inviting them to produce a written defence. The student will be given ten working days to respond.

2.2.3 If no defence is received or if the student chooses not to refute the allegation, the Director of the Information Services shall prepare a written report, to include factual supporting evidence, which will be submitted to the Chair of the relevant Assessment Board.

2.2.4 If the student refutes the allegation, the Director of the Information Services shall convene a Panel to hear the evidence formally. The Panel shall consist of an academic tutor from the Faculty not associated with the student, the Director of the Information Services (chair) and a representative from Academic Services. The Panel will normally meet within ten working days of receipt of the student’s letter. The student will be invited to attend and may be accompanied by a friend who will attend as an observer. The subject leader will not normally attend, unless invited by the Panel to appear as a witness.

2.2.5 Following the Panel meeting the Director of the Information Services shall prepare a written report, to include factual supporting evidence, and the Panel’s recommendation which will be submitted to the Chair of the relevant Assessment Board.

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