Cheating and Plagiarism Policy

Cheating & Plagiarism Policy

1 Definition

1.1 For the purposes of this policy, cheating is defined as any action(s) or behaviour likely to confer an unfair advantage in assessment. Examples of such offences are given below: the list is not exhaustive and the use of any form of unfair or dishonest practice in assessment not itemised below can be considered a potential assessment offence.
a Importation into an examination room of materials other than those which are specifically permitted under the regulations pertaining to the examination in question.
b Copying the work of another student.
c Disruptive behaviour during examination or assessment.
d The submission of material (written, visual or oral), originally produced by another person or persons, without due acknowledgement, so that the work could be assumed to be the student's own.
e Being party to any arrangement whereby the work of one student is represented as that of another.
(Note: To avoid potential misunderstanding, any phrase not the student's own should normally be in quotation marks or highlighted in some other way.)
1.2 Where an assessment offence (e.g. cheating, plagiarism, etc.) is suspected, the Quality Assurance (QA) Officer will not come to a decision on the student's result until the facts have been established.

2 Procedure to be followed in the Event of a Suspected Cheating or Plagiarism Offence.

2.1 If a member of staff/ tutor suspects that an assessment offence has occurred, he or she should inform the QA Officer in writing as soon as practicable after detection. The student will be notified of this action as soon as practicable by the QA Officer.
2.2 It shall then be the responsibility of the QA Officer to determine whether or not a case exists that an assessment offence has occurred.
2.3 In the event that an assessment offence is found not to exist, the student shall be advised in writing by the QA Officer that no further action will be taken.
2.4 Where an assessment offence is found to exist, the QA Officer shall check to establish whether there is a record that the student has been found guilty of a previous offence. If there is a record that the student has been found guilty of a previous offence, the matter shall be referred immediately to the Head of Quality Assurance & Student Experience.
2.5 If there is no record of the student being found guilty of a previous offence, the Head of Quality Assurance & Student Experience shall ask the student whether he/ she admits the offence. Where the offence is admitted, the penalty will be prescribed by the Head of Quality Assurance & Student Experience. If the student accepts the penalty, the student will be notified formally and a note kept on their file.
2.6 Where an offence is not admitted, the case will be referred to the Education Services Director who will convene a panel meeting including:

  1. An senior academic involved in the programme to whom the case is unknown
  2. An academic from another programme
  3. A senior ICS representative. The panel's decision is final.


2.7 The Awarding body will be informed of the full details of the case for the purposes of the review of the process as per their internal Plagiarism Policy.

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