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

The University views the use of unfair means in the assessment process very seriously. We provide essential information on the use of unfair means here

You should know that the University will take disciplinary action against any student found using unfair means (such as buying essays from the web, cheating in examinations, plagiarism or collusion). In the last academic year (2016-17), the University took disciplinary action against several students, and two students were ultimately expelled for using unfair means (which included plagiarism and the submission of an assessment containing material written 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 or notes (hand or type written), 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.