Whilst the Department hopes that you will enjoy your three years studying here, there are certain conventions and regulations that you must comply to whilst you are here. Some of these are set by the Department, within the framework of the University Regulations, and some are set by the University with no allowance for Departmental adjustment. On this page you will find the most pertinent policies that may affect you during your time here. These are also published in the Undergraduate Handbook.
Students are required to complete all components of each module to pass. Information regarding the requirements of each module can be found on individual module websites. This rule is in accordance with University Regulation 36.2, which ‘sets out general requirements and expectations in terms of progress, attendance and the completion of work.’
It is critical that every piece of work that you submit is your own work. Cheating in a University test, which includes assessed essays and dissertations, is not tolerated by either the University or the Department. If you do cheat, your work may be awarded a mark of 0%.
One type of cheating is plagiarism. This is the use of another person or persons’ work without acknowledgement. It may include direct transcriptions of text or could be the presentation of ideas from a source as your own. It is critical that you always remember to acknowledge your sources, making appropriate use of citation and bibliographies
If a tutor suspects plagiarism they will notify the Head of Department. Having examined the work the Head of Department may impose a mark of 0% - there are cases when this has happened and it can have serious consequences for your work, e.g. most essays count for 50% of your module mark.
If you are a second-year or third-year student your case may be considered by a Senate Disciplinary Committee. If plagiarism is detected in one essay, all other essays will be investigated for evidence of plagiarism. The University has a range of plagiarism software that can be used to do this.
The University has very strict regulations and the procedure that should be adopted if a student is suspected of cheating in a University Test. Click here for further information.
In the case of a fire alarm, you are expected to leave the building via the nearest staircase quickly and quietly. The congregation area for the Department is Car Park 8, the multi-storey carpark next to the Sports Centre. To fail to evacuate the building during any fire alarm may lead to disciplinary action.
If you have any disability that may impede your evacuation from the department you should ask the Department’s Health and Safety Officer, in consultation with your Personal Tutor, to prepares a personalised evacuation plan for you. There are also two safety stations in the stair wells that you can seek refuge at until help arrives. The contact number for the University’s Security Office are posted at these points.
In the event that you see a fire, raise the alarm as quickly as possible and leave the area for a safe place.
The University of Warwick strives to treat both employees and students with respect and dignity, treat them fairly with regards to all assessments, choices and procedures, and to give them encouragement to reach their full potential. Therefore, the University strives to treat all its members on the basis of merit and ability alone and aims to eliminate unjustifiable discrimination on the grounds of gender, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, political beliefs, religious beliefs or practices, disability, marital status, family circumstances, sexual orientation, spent criminal convictions, age or any other inappropriate ground.
The University considers sexual or racial harassment to be totally unacceptable and offers support to staff and students subjected to it. The University is also prepared to take disciplinary action against offenders.
Sexual harassment may be defined as verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature which the perpetrator knows, or should have known, was offensive to the victim. Such conduct may encompass displays of sexually suggestive pictures, unwanted demands for sex and unwanted physical contact.
Racial harassment may be defined as behaviour that is offensive or intimidating to the recipient and would be regarded as racial harassment by any reasonable person. Such conduct may range from racist jokes and insults to physical threats.
Confidential advice is available from the Chair of the Department, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Student Counselling Service, or the Advice and Welfare Services Officer in the Student Union.
A leaflet, Sexual and Racial Harassment – Guidelines for Students is available from the Senior Tutor’s Office, University House.
If you are unhappy with a decision made by the First Year Examination Board or the Finalist Examination Board, you have the right to appeal against it. However, there are strict guidelines governing what grounds you can appeal on, so it is important that you read through the guidance provided by the Universtiy carefully. For information about appeals against an Examination Board click here.