Academic misconduct - CS022306

A PhD student carried out a research study with patients in a healthcare setting outside the UK. The student obtained relevant ethical approval from the provider. But when their work was submitted for examination, a concern was raised about whether appropriate local approval had been obtained. The provider began a research misconduct investigation. It concluded that relevant ethical approval procedures had not been carried out, and accordingly made a finding of research misconduct.

Academic misconduct - CS022305

A student was suspected of academic misconduct in an online examination. The log-in records showed that the student completed the assessment in less than 4 minutes. Some other students who completed the assessment also took a very short time. These students admitted that they had received information about the questions in the assessment from their peers who had chosen to access it at an earlier time within the permitted window. The information had been shared in a WhatsApp group.

Academic misconduct - CS022304

Two undergraduate students were suspected of sharing answers (colluding) during remote online assessments and the provider took action under the Student Conduct procedure.

Academic misconduct - CS022303

Student A and student B were found by their provider to have submitted identical essays for assessment in different modules. Student A immediately admitted that they had bought the essay and submitted it without alteration. Student B said that they were the author of the essay and they had uploaded it to an external company for help with proof reading. Student B suggested that this service had stolen and sold the work.

Academic misconduct - CS022302

A postgraduate student was suspected of plagiarism and poor academic practice in two essays submitted in the previous academic year.

Academic misconduct - CS022301

A student was found to have committed academic misconduct in their re-sit attempt in a taught postgraduate module. The provider applied a penalty from its standard table of penalties, that the module mark would be set at zero with a reassessment attempt if that were allowed by the regulations for the course.

Pregnancy, parenthood and childcare - CS072207

A student in their final year of study asked for additional consideration of their personal circumstances for two pieces of coursework. The student explained that they had been feeling unwell in the early stages of a pregnancy, and that they also had a child who had been unwell. The student was given more time to complete their work.

Pregnancy, parenthood and childcare - CS072206

A midwifery student was expecting a baby in June 2020, their final year of study. The student made plans to do additional clinical hours early in the year and complete their academic work earlier than usually required.

Pregnancy, parenthood and childcare - CS072205

A self-funded student missed the deadline to pay both the first and the second instalment of their tuition fees. The student made a payment each time after receiving a warning that their studies could be terminated.

Pregnancy, parenthood and childcare - CS072204

A student began a full-time course in September 2020, but withdrew from the course in mid-October. They were charged 25% of the year’s tuition fee.