Academic misconduct

Freshers are strongly warned against any form of Examinations Malpractices/Irregularities. It shall be an offence for a student/candidate to get involved in examination malpractices. Misconduct includes but not limited to the following actions:

Cheating is defined as any illegitimate behaviour designed to deceive those setting, administering and marking the assessment. Cheating in a University assessment is a very serious academic offence, which may lead ultimately to expulsion from the University. Cheating can take one of a number of forms, including:

  1. Taking into the exam venue, or possessing whilst in that room, any books, notes or other material which has/have not been authorized.
  2. Writing notes on yourself or having notes on your person.
  3. Having notes written in your identity documents or authorized examination materials e.g logarithm table.
  4. Accessing information stored or written on electronic equipment.
  5. Copying from another student in an examination.
  6. Aiding or attempting to aid another candidate, or obtaining or attempting to obtain aid from another candidate.
  7. Passing yourself off as another.
  8. Such repeated behaviour as may in the view of the Invigilator prejudice the performance of other candidates.
  9. The use of unauthorized books, notes, electronic aids or other materials in an examination.
  10. Obtaining an examination paper ahead of its authorized release.


Collusion, i.e. the representation of another’s work or ideas as one’s own without appropriate acknowledgement or referencing, where the owner of the work knows of the situation and both work towards the deceit of a third party (while in plagiarism the owner of the work does not knowingly allow the use of his or her work);

Acting dishonestly in any way including fabrication of data, whether before, during or after an examination or other assessment so as to either obtain or offer to others an unfair advantage in that examination or assessment;

Plagiarism, this is the act of representing another’s work or ideas as one’s own without appropriate acknowledgement or referencing. There are three main types of plagiarism’ which could occur within all modes of assessment (including examinations):

  1. Direct copying of text from a book, article, fellow student’s essay, handout, thesis, web page or other source without proper acknowledgment.
  2. Claiming individual ideas derived from a book, article etc. as one’s own, and incorporating them into one’s work without acknowledging the source of these ideas.
  3. Overly depending on the work of one or more others without proper acknowledgment of the source, by constructing an essay, project etc. by extracting large sections of the text from another source, and merely linking these together with a few of one’s own sentences. (Colleges / Schools may extend these definitions for specific subject areas and provide students with examples as appropriate).

The correct referencing system for making quotations explicit and acknowledging sources shall be available through personal tutors or supervisors, specific tutorial sessions and handbooks).

Contravention of the above Regulations will be treated under the Procedures for handling cases of Suspected Cheating, including Plagiarism, in University Assessment. Any student/candidate found guilty of the offence shall be dismissed or suspended from the University.




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