Assessments and exams: Know the rules and don't cheat!

Every year some students make mistakes.  They plagiarise, buy essays from the web, even write little notes that they hide and take into exams. 

The University has a term for this sort of behaviour "The Use of Unfair means".  More commonly, it is referred to as cheating.  Whether intentional or accidental, the University is very firm with any student that is found cheating.  The excuse, "I didn't know that wasn't allowed"' or "I didn't understand the rules" is simply unacceptable. 

So before you sit your exams or submit assessment work be sure to read the information below and save yourself from future disappointment.

Information for students about avoiding the use of unfair means in the assessment process

In January 2017 students were informed about the seriousness with which the University views the use of unfair means in the assessment process. We reminded you about the importance of referencing assessed work properly and gave links to several websites giving further information about avoiding the use of unfair means. We also informed you that the University was likely to take disciplinary action against any student found using unfair means (such as cheating in examinations, plagiarism or collusion).

We can now tell you that the University is taking disciplinary action against several students during the current academic session. One student has been expelled from the University so far this year for using unfair means (for submitting an assessment containing material prepared by a third party).

You are specifically reminded about the following:

  1. Cheat websites often email students to advertise their services and you must ignore them. The sites often claim that Universities can’t detect anything wrong with essays bought in this way, but we can. In addition, the essay writers sometimes copy their work from existing sources so you might end up paying for an assignment which is heavily plagiarised. Sometimes the work is sub-contracted so you have little control over the work you pay to have written.
  2. You are reminded to arrive in good time for your examinations and to listen carefully to the Chief Invigilator's announcements. The Chief Invigilator is responsible for the proper conduct of examinations, including ensuring that they start and finish on time.
  3. Students found in possession of unauthorised material such as mobile 'phones, during invigilated examinations, will be reported by the Invigilators and disciplinary action may be taken against the student.

If you need further guidance on avoiding the use of unfair means as you prepare for exams and other assessed work over the next month or so, you should seek help from your tutors or supervisor.

Please also bookmark the following University websites to help you access further relevant information:

Plagiarism, Collusion and the Use of Unfair Means in Assessment.

Library Information Skills

The English Language Teaching Centre operates a Writing Advisory Service through which students can make individual appointments to discuss a piece of writing. This is available for all students, both native and non-native speakers of English.