CASE SUMMARIES

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.