Plagiarism and Dishonest Practice - Current Students
Plagiarism and Dishonest Practice
Plagiarism and dishonest practice in coursework and examinations are serious offences for which offenders will be penalised.
Plagiarism is taking and using another personís thoughts, writings, inventions or other work as oneís own. Where a lecturer or co-ordinator is satisfied that a student has plagiarised he/she shall report the matter in writing to the Head of School or Department who may warn the student, or authorise an appropriate reduction in the marks, or if he/she considers the matter to be serious, refer it to the Chair of the Student Development Committee of Senate.
Dishonest practice covers cheating in examinations, tests or coursework. When a student is suspected of dishonest practice in connection with an examination or of the breach of a rule dealing with the conducting of examination, the Supervisor shall immediately report the fact in writing to the Registrar or nominee who shall refer the matter to the Chair of the Student Development Committee of Senate. In the case of a student who indulges in dishonest practice in coursework, the student will be reported by the lecturer or co-ordinator concerned to the Head of School or Department, who may authorise an appropriate reduction in the marks awarded for coursework or refer the matter to the Chair of the Student Development Committee of Senate.
A student has the right of appeal to the Dean of Faculty against any action taken by the Head of School or Department.
The student shall, before the meeting of the Student Development Committee at which it is proposed to deal with the complaint, be notified by the Registrar or nominee, in writing, of the subject matter of the same and the student may, if he/she wishes, state in writing his/her answer to the charge. The student may elect to appear before the committee at its meeting, and he/she shall so appear, if required to do so by the staff of the university, or by some other person. If the Committee finds the charge proved, it may disqualify the student from sitting any examinations for such period as it thinks fit and, if the student has been credited with a pass in the course in respect of which the charge arose, may cancel such credit.
Where the Vice-Chancellor is satisfied that a student has not complied with a regulation of the university whether in respect of an examination or any other matter, the Vice-Chancellor shall have the power, having given the student such opportunity as he/she considers reasonable of remedying his/her non-compliance with the regulation or regulations, to suspend for such time as he/she may see fit the release to the student of the results of any examination, or to decline to credit to his/her program any courses, or to impose both these penalties.
A student may appeal to the Student Discipline Appeals Committee against any decision of the Student Development Committee or of the Vice-Chancellor under paragraphs 1.2 and 1.3 of this regulation. Any such appeal shall be made in writing and shall be lodged with the Registrar or nominee within fourteen days of the date on which the student was notified of the decision against which he/she is appealing. If in his or her opinion there are exceptional circumstances, the Vice-Chancellor may, direct that an appeal that has been lodged after the fourteen days shall be considered. A student may elect to appear when the appeal is being heard and he/she shall so appear if required to do so by the Student Discipline Appeals Committee. The student may, if he/she wishes, whether or not he/she is appearing in person, be represented by a member of the university community, or by some other person.
The Student Discipline Appeals Committee may allow the appeal or dismiss it. If the appeal is dismissed the Committee may confirm any penalty imposed by the Student Development Committee or the Vice-Chancellor or vary any such penalty, but if the Committee varies any penalty it may not impose any other penalty which the Student Development Committee or the Vice-Chancellor, as the case may be, could not have imposed. The decision of the Student Discipline Appeals Committee on the appeal shall be final.