UNFAIR MEANS POLICY STUDENT GUIDE

Policy & Procedure
The Department and the University take plagiarism and any other form of unfair means very seriously (see https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/lets/design/unfair).

For plagiarism to be treated as very minor this must be:

  • a first known instance of suspected unfair means by the student
  • must involve an insubstantial amount of text or equivalent material and
  • must be judged to have arisen unintentionally, e.g. through haste or naivety.

If any of those conditions are not clearly met the concern will be raised by the marker/module convenor to the Departmental Exams Officers. The marker/module convenor’s response to the concern, whether a meeting or a referral, will be carried out as soon as possible to minimise delay to the assessment process and to student’s progression.

For minor poor referencing:

First offence:

  1. If minor plagiarism is detected the marker/module convenor will check records to verify if this is a first offense.
  2. Student will be contacted by the marker/module convenor and an appointment arranged to discuss the referencing, notetaking practice and other relevant study skills.
  3. The marker will continue to mark the work as normal
  4. If 10% or more of the assessment is plagiarised, the marker/module convenor may at their discretion require the student to rewrite the assessment (i.e. correct the referencing problems).
  5. Marker/module convenor and student agree deadline for the rewrite, max. 2 weeks following meeting or by Semester mark entry deadline, whichever is earlier @ 4pm, submission via Turnitin.
  6. Following meeting marker/module convenor emails written warning to student.
  7. Meeting details are added to Department Unfair Means records.
    — if a rewrite is not completed —
  8. 10 points will be deducted from the assessed mark and the student will be sent formal outcome letter from the relevant Exams Officer, copied to the student file and recorded on Unfair Means Case form.

Second offence:

  1. Marker/module convenor will refer to the relevant Exams Officer and continue marking the assessment.
  2. Student will be contacted by the relevant Exams Officer and an appointment arranged to discuss the referral.
  3. 20 points will be deducted from the assessed mark and the student will be sentformal outcome letter from the relevant Exams Officer, copied to the student file and recorded on Unfair Means Case form.

Third offence:

Escalates to Student Administration Services and the University’s disciplinary process.
For further information on university regulations and procedures regarding unfair means:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/unfair-means/index


For further guidance please consult the Library Skills Tutorial:

https://librarydevelopment.group.shef.ac.uk/shef-only/info_skills/plagiarism

Departmental Exams Officers:

Undergraduate Exams Officer: Dr Eric Olund
Undergraduate Deputy Exams Officer: Dr Manoj Menon
Postgraduate Taught Exams Officer: Dr Matt Watson