Assessment and examination irregularities – anonymous case summaries

Case 1 : Assessment Irregularity
Student A (Stage 1 Student)

The School reported to the Academic Registrar assessment irregularities found in 3 pieces of work by Student A, specifically that the coursework he submitted as resit work may not have been his own work. This had followed a full investigation by the school.

On the basis of the evidence presented by the School and further investigation by the Student Progress Service, it was determined that the matter was particularly serious should be referred to a s Student Disciplinary Committee for a Hearing.

The Student Disciplinary Committee, after hearing all the evidence offered, and following careful deliberation determined that an assessment irregularity did occur in Student A’s 3 assignments. Student A had been fairly tested on his basic academic knowledge on the area of the essays and failed badly and it was therefore determined that Student A had received assistance on these 3 assignments that was so extensive that the work was no longer his.

The outcome of the Student Disciplinary Committee hearing was that Student A should receive a mark of zero for the assignments in question and receive a ‘suspended expulsion’ - this means that any future complaint of assessment irregularity proven against Student A would result in immediate expulsion from the University.

Case 2 : Assessment Irregularity
Student B (Stage 2 Student)

The School reported to the Academic Registrar an assessment irregularity in Student B’s work, specifically copying the work of another student.

On the basis of the evidence presented by the School, further investigation by the Student Progress Service and the fact that Student B had admitted that she was guilty of the allegation, it was determined that a ‘final written warning’ should be issued. Student B was also warned that should any similar incidents be reported and upon investigation be well-founded that her case would be referred immediately to a Student Disciplinary Committee for consideration.

A few months later, the school reported another similar assessment irregularity in Student B’s work and this case was immediately referred to a Student Disciplinary Committee for review.

The Student Disciplinary Committee agreed that Student B had committed a gross act of dishonesty, greatly aggravated by the fact that she had already received a final written warning for just such an act. It was the unanimous decision of the Committee that Student B should be expelled from the University with immediate effect.

Case 3 : Assessment Irregularity
Student C (Stage 3 Student)

The School reported to the Academic Registrar a second assessment irregularity by Student C. The previous, separate incidence of plagiarism had resulted in a formal written warning and an academic penalty, which was issued by the school. In Student C’s second assessment irregularity she had extensively used material taken from other sources, without proper attribution in her submission and admitted that she was aware that she had plagiarised her work.

As Student C had plagiarised extensively in two modules in her final year, the case was referred to a Student Disciplinary Committee for a Hearing.

The Student Disciplinary Committee, after hearing all the evidence offered, and following careful deliberation determined that an assessment irregularity did occur in Student C’s assignment and took into account the previous investigation by the school and subsequent outcome. Student C had knowingly plagiarised and the plagiarism was extensive and Student C had confirmed this. However, the Student Disciplinary Committee did take into account some mitigation.

The outcome of the Student Disciplinary Committee hearing was that Student C should receive a mark of zero for the assignment in question and receive a ‘final written warning’, which would be subject to disclosure in reference requests to the University. Student C was given permission to resubmit the coursework, but with the recognition that the maximum award achievable would be a third class degree.

Case 4 : Examination Irregularity
Student D (Stage 3 Student)

The Senior Invigilator reported to the Examinations Officer that Student D had been found in possession of a small note with her in the exam room and it was later established that this had been relevant to the exam.

Student D admitted the offence and this case was referred to a Student Disciplinary Committee for a Hearing.

The Student Disciplinary Committee, after hearing all the evidence offered and following careful deliberation determined that an examination irregularity did occur.

The outcome of the Student Disciplinary Committee hearing was that Student D should receive a mark of zero for the examination in question, receive a ‘final written warning’ and ‘3 months suspension’ from the University. The final written warning and suspension would be subject to disclosure in reference requests to the University. Student D was given permission to resit the examination as a final attempt and was required to pass this before progression would be permitted. Also a maximum mark of 40 would be recorded for this module. Student D was also advised that, having received a final warning from the Committee, in the event of any further allegations of a similar nature that were proved to be well-founded, she should expect to receive the severest sanction available - expulsion.