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There are strict University rules about plagiarism (failure to acknowledge passages quoted from critics or from any other source, or passing off someone else's thoughts or writings as being your own), and you should consult the full regulations carefully before embarking on your essay work.

Detailed information on plagiarism:

Regulations on cheating:

Procedure for Investigating Suspected Cases of Plagiarism

If the member of staff marking your work suspects a case of plagiarism, the following procedure will be adopted:

The marker (if not the Module Convenor) should inform both the Module Convenor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies that a suspected case of collusion or plagiarism has been identified.

The Module Convenor should then contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies and provide brief details (e.g. student ID number, module code, module title, percentage weighting of the assessment and reason for suspecting plagiarism) along with copies of the Turnitin report and your original submission.

The DUGS will make an initial assessment of the case deciding whether the case is: a) negligence; b) misconduct; or c) severe plagiarism. A check will be made against our files to identify whether the case constitutes a repeat offence. If the case constitutes a repeat offence the process for severe plagiarism will be followed (see section c) below).


A decision of negligence will be made in cases of work deemed to have been improperly referenced through the incompetent or careless academic practices of the student. When considering the penalty to be imposed in such cases, an assessment should be made of the individual’s circumstances (e.g. the stage the student has reached in their studies, any mitigating factors and the nature and extent of the unacknowledged copying).

If the case in question is deemed to be an example of poor scholarship, the Module Convenor will agree to reduce the mark in line with the degree of the offence. An email will be sent to you by the DUGS (copied to your personal tutor). You will be advised that your assignment was improperly referenced due to poor scholarship, advised to meet with your personal tutor to receive further guidance on correct referencing techniques and warned that any future occurrences will be dealt with more severely.


A decision of misconduct will be made in cases where it is deemed that you have deliberately cheated, either through collusion or plagiarism, and that the offence should be pursued within the Department without recourse to a University Investigating Committee. In the case of suspected misconduct, the DUGS will hand your case over to the Deputy Head of Department, who will send you an email informing you that your assessment is under investigation for possible plagiarism and inviting you to attend an interview. At this interview, at which your module tutor may be present, you will be invited to explain the misconduct and as a result of this interview an appropriate reduction of the essay mark will be agreed. In severe cases of misconduct the Deputy will have the option of awarding a mark of zero for the piece of work in which the plagiarism has occurred. In less severe cases, you may be offered the chance to rewrite the essay for a maximum mark of 50%.

If you accept the penalty, a report of the circumstances and level of penalty exacted will be lodged on our plagiarism files.

If you opt to appeal, the procedure for considering severe cases of plagiarism will be invoked and the matter referred to a University Investigating Committee (as in the University Calendar, Regulation 11, Section B, paragraphs 5-9).

Severe Plagiarism

If the initial assessment concludes that a more severe penalty should be imposed than the Department is allowed to levy under University regulations, the case should be referred to a University Investigating Committee.

The following list contains examples of cases that should normally be referred:

· Second offences of misconduct;

· Allegations relating to a research thesis submitted for examination for a higher degree (MPhil or PhD);

· Allegations relating to an assessment that contributed to the previous approval of an award to the student;

· Allegations of a serious nature e.g. the student is suspected of having stolen work from another student or accessed work from a commercial internet site;

· Where a mark of zero would potentially result in the student being ineligible to qualify for the award for which they are registered;

· Where there are multiple allegations of cheating, affecting more than one module, against the same student which, if proven, would result in the student being ineligible to qualify for the award for which they are registered;

· Where the case is complex, for example involving allegations of collusion against two or more students;

· Where the deputy, having discussed the case with the markers, concludes that the case is a severe one and should be referred directly to the Investigating Committee.

In the event of the case being confirmed as a severe case of plagiarism you will be notified by the Deputy that your case has been referred to a University Investigating Committee (letter copied to the module Convenor, the Director of Undergraduate Studies, and your Personal Tutor). You will then be provided with information relating to Regulation 11, Section B, paragraphs 5-9 of the University Calendar.