5 Assessment offences and penalties
Penalties may be applied to assessed work that does not comply with guidance given in course materials or submitted by the stated deadlines. A student is advised to check the guidance given for individual assignments and be aware of the penalties that might be applied for non-compliance. In particular, penalties such as grade reductions (including reduction to a fail grade) may apply for work that is late or over-length, or for research project work that requires ethics approval but where such approval is either not sought or breached.
It is an examination offence for a student to take into, or use in, the examination room any unauthorised materials, aids, instruments or equipment which may be used to their advantage. A student must not take into the examination room, or consult during the examination, any books, notes, instruments or other materials or aids that are not permitted. This includes the use of unauthorised programmable calculators or the use of permitted materials that have been personally annotated such as statutes. All such materials or aids must be deposited with the Invigilator before the examination starts. A student who takes any unauthorised materials, aids, instruments or equipment into the examination room must surrender them to the Invigilator on request. Failure to comply with a reasonable request from an Invigilator constitutes an examination offence.
For further rules on materials and aids permitted in the examination, see section 3.
For fuller details on assessment offences and how to avoid them see the Student Handbook.
A student must not pass any information between themselves and another student during an examination of a written paper. This includes written, verbal and gestural communication. A student may not act in collusion with another student or any other person, nor copy from another student, their books, notes, instruments, computer files, other materials or aids, nor engage in any similar activity. Any of these activities constitutes an examination offence.
It is an examination offence to remove stationary or other materials from the examination hall that have been supplied by the University or examination centre for examination purposes.
Plagiarism is the copying and use of someone else's work, whether intentionally or unintentionally, as if it were the student's own. Another person's work includes any source that is published or unpublished including words, images, diagrams, formulae, audio recordings, computer code, ideas and judgements, discoveries and results. Plagiarism is an examination offence.
All work submitted as part of the requirements for any examination must therefore be expressed in the student's own words and incorporate their own ideas and judgements.
Software may be used, at the discretion of the University, to assist with the detection of plagiarism in individual elements or the whole part of a student's assessment (for example assignments, projects, reports or dissertations).
Direct quotations from the published or unpublished work of another person must always be clearly identified as such and a full reference to the source must be provided in the proper form. A series of short quotations from several different sources, if not clearly identified as such, constitutes plagiarism in the same way as an unacknowledged quotation from a single source. Equally, if another person's ideas or judgements are summarised, students must refer to that person in the text and give details of the work to which reference is made.
It is an examination offence to submit work which has been written jointly by two or more persons, unless expressly permitted in section 3 of this document.
Assignment(s) must therefore be the student's own work and must be written without the assistance of other people, except where expressly permitted in section 3 of this the detailed regulations for the provision of individual modules. A student will be required to submit a signed declaration for all such work submitted, stating that they understand what is meant by plagiarism, and confirming that the work submitted is entirely their own and that the use of published or unpublished works of other people has been acknowledged in accordance with the University's requirements.
It is the responsibility of the student to safeguard their assignment(s) and to prevent them from being copied by other students.
The examination offences listed above (paragraphs 5.2 to 5.11) will be treated as cheating or irregularities of a similar character under the provisions of the Procedures for the Consideration of Allegations of Examination Offence of the University's Regulations (Regulation 1 Annex 6 and, as appropriate, Annex 7). Under these Regulations, students found to have committed an offence may have the results of their examinations withheld and may be excluded from all future examinations of the University.
For the University's Regulations, see www.london.ac.uk