Case Study 5

During an exam the invigilator discovered a student had written formulae, pertinent to the assessment, on their forearm. This was hidden under their sleeve however the student was seen consulting it. The student attended the panel by VC and admitted the offence. The student stated they had felt a lot of pressure due to several resits and had ‘taken the easy way out’, which they regretted. The student felt these actions did not reflect their entire personality but understood it was not acceptable and that they should have been honest rather than cheating.

The decision of the panel was that academic misconduct had taken place, but they acknowledged the student’s honesty and expression of remorse. The student was given a formal written warning and a mark of zero/fail grade with the opportunity to resit following a suspension from the university for a period of 6 months following the date of the panel.

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