Case Study 4

It had been discovered that an essay submitted by a student contained content lifted wholesale from an essay by an identified student from another university. The student attended the panel by VC and admitted the offence, stating they had ‘no excuses’ and knew it was wrong at the time of submitting the essay. The student was self-employed and working two separate jobs, which left them with limited time for their studies. A family summer holiday was extended so that they could help their brother with some work, which meant they returned later than expected and had run out of time. When offered a copy of an old essay by a friend they altered a few things and submitted it as their own work, whilst ‘not thinking straight’.

The student expressed remorse for their actions and regretted not seeking the support they needed. The student provided the panel with a detailed outline of the changes they had made to their work/study balance to ensure the situation did not occur again. It was noted that the student had been otherwise diligent in their studies and that this was a first offence.

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The decision of the panel was that academic misconduct had occurred. The student was given a mark of zero/fail grade for the module and offered the opportunity to retake the whole module.

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