Case Study 6

A high level of similarity had been noted between dissertation documents submitted by two students. Student A attended the panel by VC, accompanied by their Personal Academic Tutor. Student B did not attend but provided a written statement for the panel. Student A advised that they had been friends with student B for several years and they often studied together. Student B had called student A in tears, panicking about the dissertation, and student A had sent them sections of their work to review. Student A confirmed they had not seen any copies of the work of student B at any time. Student A also confirmed they were no longer on speaking terms with student B. In the statement provided by student B, they declared they had shared drafts of their dissertation with student A and insinuated that student A had copied their work.  

Following deliberations, the panel were unanimous in their decision that in the case of student A academic misconduct had not occurred. In the case of student B the decision of the panel was that academic misconduct had occurred. The student received a formal written warning and a mark of zero/fail grade for the module. The student was suspended for one year and given the opportunity to resit the following academic year, which would be capped.

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