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Cheating

What’s involved?

If you attempt to gain unfair advantage during an exam, or break any of the college’s exam conduct rules this is seen as cheating. To make sure that you’re not accused of cheating in an exam it’s vital that you do not:

  • Copy from another student’s exam
  • Communicate in any way with anyone other than the exam supervisors (invigilators)
  • Bring anything that you’re not meant to into the exam hall, such as pencil cases, notes etc.
  • Copy from notes or books while in the exam
  • Take any exam booklets from an exam room - even if you haven’t written on them
  • Take mobile phones into an exam - even if they are switched off
  • Break any of the exam procedures set out by the college.

The college takes cheating very seriously. It is considered as a type of ‘academic fraud’ and an attempt to trick the examiners into giving you higher marks that you may not have achieved otherwise.

 

Syndication

What is it?

Producing a piece of work jointly OR copying someone else’s work and passing it off as an individual effort

Why people do it

Syndication is usually unintentional. Students are often unaware of the fact that two or more of them cannot submit the same work unless they are specifically instructed that a piece of work is to be produced jointly with other students.

How to avoid it

You must ensure that the work which you submit has been prepared by you alone. Obviously, copying someone else’s work without their knowledge is also cheating. It is also considered an offence to share your own work with another student in the event that said other student could possibly engage in cheating of your work. In a case like this you would also be held accountable for enabling the cheating to commence. If you believe that another student has copied or has attempted to copy your work then you should notify the relevant lecturer or Head of Department immediately in order to protect your own interests.

 

Plagiarism  

What is it?

Presenting another person's work as your own

Why people do it:

It’s easier to copy and paste.

Why people shouldn’t do it:

Plagiarising and any other form of cheating is dealt with pretty severely. Just bear in mind that YOU WILL BE CAUGHT and there are some serious penalties involved. Basically, you can be kicked out of the college for it and if that happens, your chances of getting into another are pretty slim. It can literally be academic death!

How to avoid it:

It’s all about time management. Most plagiarism cases occur when a student decides, the night before an assignment is due, to start the damn thing. When people are tired and stressed they do stupid things –Wikipedia, while it may be tempting, is not the answer. Solution: When you get your essay title, make it your business to get it out of the way as soon as possible. Your brain works better when you are relaxed. Trust us on this one.

How will lecturers know if I plagiarised?

If a lecturer believes an assignment has been plagiarised, the department (and possibly the college) will investigate the case. Where a student is found guilty, a penalty will be imposed. If you read anything in the college’s Student Handbook

read the section on cheating and what can happen to you if you’re caught. Alternatively, you can call down to Billy, Vice President / Academic Officer in the SU and he’ll explain it to you.