Case Study 1

During an exam a student was found with material in their possession which may have contained information relevant to the subject of the examination. The student attended the panel by VC and admitted the offence, stating that they’d had 10 pieces of coursework to hand in with exams in between, which left them feeling stressed. This was the student’s second attempt at the exam and they had taken in a piece of paper with bullet points on it to help their memory. The student understood that this was cheating and regretted their actions. At the time they had refused to hand over the paper or allow the invigilator to take photographs because they were embarrassed by the situation.

The panel acknowledged that the student expressed remorse and had been honest in their account of their actions.

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The decision of the panel was that the student be given a formal written warning and allowed to resit all elements with a capped mark of 50%. The student was advised that any further proven academic misconduct could result in permanent exclusion.

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