CASE SUMMARIES

Disability and ill-health: Students on professional placements - PI091413

London South Bank University

A student from London South Bank University complained that she had not been provided with appropriate support for her dyslexia while on placement and in assessing her performance in practice-based assessments.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct: The responsibility on students to make sure they are familiar with university regulations - PI091415

University of Bristol

A student at the University of Bristol was accused of extensive plagiarism and a penalty was imposed. The student appealed the decision on the basis that the University had not taken account of the difficulties that he had experienced in adjusting to studying in the United Kingdom. He also stated that the training and information he had received still left him insufficiently educated about academic misconduct.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct: Setting penalties - PI091417

University of Liverpool

We received a complaint from a postgraduate student at the University of Liverpool who had taken notes into a resit examination on two occasions, against the University regulations. The Board of Discipline decided to terminate his studies with no further right of resit.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct: Setting penalties - PI091418

The University of Manchester

We reviewed a complaint from an MA student at The University of Manchester. The student was found guilty of plagiarism in her written dissertation and, under the regulations, was allowed to resubmit with a mark to be capped at 50%.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct: Setting penalties - PI091419

Queen Mary University of London

We will not normally look at whether plagiarism has been committed because an assessment of whether a student has plagiarised will normally involve a University's academic judgment. However it can consider whether the University has followed its own procedures correctly and whether there was any unfairness in the way it reached its decision.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct: Authorship of work - PI091421

University of Leeds

We see a number of complaints relating to work that it is suspected was "ghosted" or taken from the internet. It is increasingly common for universities to use viva examinations and analysis where plagiarism is suspected and we don't consider this unreasonable.

Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct: Investigation - PI091422

The University of Salford

We reviewed a complaint from a student at the University of Salford about the way the University had dealt with allegations of academic misconduct and his subsequent appeal. The student was accused of collusion. Part of his complaint was that members of the Academic Misconduct Panel had been made aware of a previous occasion on which he had plagiarised work. This made no difference to the current case as the student admitted the collusion offence.