Suspected plagiarism and/or collusion at any point of a student’s course, whether discovered before or after graduation, will be investigated and dealt with appropriately by the University. All summative and formative work submitted for assessment by students is accepted on the understanding that it is the student’s own effort and written from their own understanding, without falsification of any kind.
University Policy on Plagiarism and Collusion
The University has set procedures when dealing with suspecting cases of plagiarism, including the collection of evidence, discussion meetings and outcomes. When suspecting a case of plagiarism, the procedure is as follows:
- Each School has a plagiarism officer who hears all the cases of suspected plagiarism and/or collusion
- If a marker suspects plagiarism or collusion, they should gather all necessary information for the plagiarism officer
- Where there is an allegation in respect of assessed work in word-processed format and Turnitin is used, the student is advised by the relevant LTS office to submit an electronic copy of the work in question
- The student has 5 working days to provide the copy of the work, if they fail to provide this and have no extenuating circumstances preventing this, they receive an automatic mark of zero
- The plagiarism officer reviews the evidence and classifies if its a low, medium, or high offence. The details of the offence levels can be found in the Calendar
- In cases other than a low level offence, a plagiarism meeting should be held. Students are invited to attend and the meeting will be chaired by the School plagiarism officer. The marker should also be in attendance
- If the outcome of the meeting is the student admitting the offence, a judgement will be made depending on the level of the offence, the 5.Outcomes section of the Calendar highlights these
- If the outcome is denial of the offence, either the students account shall be accepted or the matter shall be reported to the Faculty Plagiarism and Collusion committee for review.
- A student may appeal against a ruling or a penalty. For full details, see the Academic Appeals procedure
For the full University's regulations relating to plagiarism and collusion, including definitions, the obligations of students and the use of software in plagiarism detection, ensure you read the Statement of Policy on Plagiarism and Collusion and the Calendar. The Student Support Service Office also provides a Plagiarism Resources for Teaching Staff guide which offers resources for teaching students to avoid plagiarism. The University also has a policy on the Use of Proofreaders.