CASE SUMMARIES

Disability and ill-health: Responsibility on universities to document how they have supported students with disabilities - PI091410

City University London

City University was unable to provide evidence that it had taken full account of a student’s late diagnosis of dyslexia in considering her appeal against the marks awarded for her coursework and examination papers. We found that the University had no provision in its regulations for dealing with late diagnosis.

Disability and ill-health: Responsibility on universities to document how they have supported students with disabilities - PI091411

Falmouth University

We found a complaint from a student at Falmouth University Partly Justified because the University could provide only a copy of an email sent to the student’s academic department which gave a list of students with disabilities and generic advice sheets on supporting students with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Disability and ill-health: Responsibility on students to follow procedures - PI091412

Northumbria University

Universities need to ensure that reasonable adjustments for students with disabilities are properly coordinated. We considered a complaint from a student with a severe visual impairment at the University of Northumbria that she had not been provided with course materials in an accessible format. Her Disabled Student Support Recommendations were that materials were to be provided electronically, in advance, so that her support worker could re-format them to the appropriate size.

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.