Coursework sites and unfair means

Guidance on the University's stance on the use of coursework sites in relation to our unfair means policy.

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What are coursework sites?

Coursework sites such as Studydrive, StuDocu and CourseHERO encourage students to share course materials such as lecture notes, essays, lab reports and exam questions.

The University does not support the use of these sites and may take disciplinary action in line with the Student Discipline Regulations.


Copyright

All materials that are prepared by our staff and shared with you as part of your studies are for your studies only. You do not have permission to share them with others. Sharing would be an infringement of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.

Where you have permission to download materials, they are strictly for personal use. If you are found to have shared or uploaded teaching materials, including recorded online sessions, disciplinary action may be taken.  

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Plagiarism and unfair use

Coursework sites such as Studydrive, StuDocu and CourseHERO may include copies of completed essays or other forms of assessment materials that have been uploaded by other students. Taking these in part or full for use in your own assignment may constitute plagiarism.

By making your assessments, notes and other materials available, these may be used by other students to plagiarise. These are serious forms of unfair means and may result in disciplinary action and sanctions in line with the Student Discipline Regulations.


Essay mills

You are also reminded of the need to avoid using essay mills. These are websites that offer to produce personalised assignment for you for a fee.

To buy or commission part of or a whole piece of work from a website and submit it as your own work is an extremely serious form of unfair means, and may result in disciplinary action and sanctions being imposed. 


Getting help with your studies

There is a difference between appropriate opportunities to learn with and from your peers and uploading teaching content and course material via file sharing digital network sites such as StuDoc, CourseHERO and Studydrive.

If you feel you need extra help with your studies it is much better to make use of University services like the 301 Academic Skills Centre, the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) and the Library. Alternatively, you should speak with your module lead or personal tutor.


Collaborative learning

Collaborative learning is something to be encouraged, and there will be opportunities to engage in such activities within your study programme. You can also contact  301 Academic Skills Centre to find out more about their support for peer learning activities if you would like to set up your own informal activities.

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