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Academic Award and Transgression Regulations
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Academic Misconduct

Name of regulation:

Procedure for Dealing with Breaches of Assessment Regulations– Academic Misconduct


Purpose of regulation:
To define academic misconduct and to serve as a guideline for proper disciplinary action and remedial procedures

Regulation applies to:

All students enrolled at BFSU-SolBridge International School of Business

1.     Introduction

1.1  Assessment is the means by which the University tests whether a student has achieved the objectives of an academic course of study and the standards of an award. It is of great importance that students are assessed fairly and on equal terms with each other for the same award. Any attempt by a student to gain unfair advantage over another student in the completion of assessment, or to assist someone else to gain an unfair advantage, is cheating and constitutes academic misconduct.

1.2 The University has a duty to ensure that the highest academic standards are maintained in the conduct of assessment. Proper supervision of this duty is essential to uphold both the legitimate interests of BFSU-SolBridge International School of Business students, as well as the University’s reputation. Alleged academic misconduct which threatens the integrity of the University’s assessment procedures and the maintenance of its academic standards is viewed as a serious offence and will be thoroughly investigated.
1.3 The obligation to adhere to principles and standards of professional conduct, as well as University regulations, lie with registered students. . Failure to meet these standards may lead to a student not gaining professional recognition from qualification standards assessment bodies outside the University, irrespective of the student’s academic performance.
1.4 BFSU-SolBridge International School of Business reserves the right to use appropriate software to detect academic misconduct (such as plagiarism).
2.  Definition
Academic misconduct is defined as any attempt by a student to gain an unfair advantage in any academic course assessment.
It may be demonstrated by one of the following:
1) AIDING AND ABETTING a student in any form of dishonest practice.
2) BRIBERY – paying or offering incentives to another person to obtain access to examination or test papers prior to the event, or to obtain a copy of a coursework assignment in advance of its distribution to all students concerned.
3) COLLUSION – where two or more students collaborate without prior permission to produce a piece of work which is intended to be an individual assignment, and then present the results as if it was an individual student’s work. Where students are encouraged by their lecturer to work together on an assignment, such group activity is regarded as approved collaboration. Where the requirement is for the submitted work to be solely that of the individual, collaboration is not permitted. Students who improperly work collectively in these circumstances are guilty of collusion.
4) COMMISSIONING or assigning another person to complete an assignment which is then submitted as your own work or making your work available for commissioning, whether for monetary or other gain or not.
5) COMPUTER FRAUD – the use of the material of another person stored on a computer or any other digital device as if it were your own.
6) DUPLICATION – the inclusion of coursework which has already been submitted for any other assessment within BFSU-SolBridge International School of Business or elsewhere e.g. submitting the same piece of coursework for two different modules.
7) FALSE DECLARATIONS in order to receive special consideration by Examination Boards.
8) FALSIFICATION OF DATA – the presentation of data in projects based on work declared to have been carried out by the students which have been invented by the student or altered or copied or obtained by other unfair or improper means.
-  taking crib notes or other unauthorized material concealed in any manner into an examination or test
-  taking into an examination or test an unauthorized computer disk containing pre-coded data
-  the use of an unauthorized dictionary
-  the use of unauthorized material stored in the memory of a pre-programmable calculator, watch, organizer, mobile telephone, or any other digital device
-  obtaining an advance copy of an ‘unseen’ written examination or test paper
-  communicating or trying to communicate in any way with another student during an examination or test
-  copying or attempting to copy from another student sitting the same examination or test
-  being party to impersonation where another person sits an examination or test in the place of the actual student or a student is knowingly impersonated by another
-  leaving the examination or test venue to refer to concealed notes
-  taking rough notes, stationery, scripts or examination or test papers which indicate that they are not to be removed, from the examination or test venue.
10) PARAPHRASING - the changing or rearranging of the order of sentences, with or without references at the end of the work.
11) PLAGIARISM is defined as the representation of another person’s work, without acknowledgement of the source, as the student’s own for the purposes of satisfying formal assessment requirements. Examples of plagiarism are:
i.  the use in a student’s own work of more than a single phrase from another person’s work without the use of quotation marks and acknowledgement of the source;
ii. the summarizing of another person’s work by simply changing a few words or altering the order of presentation, without acknowledgement;
iii. the use of ideas or intellectual data of another person without acknowledgement of the source, or the submission or presentation of work as if it were the student’s own, which are substantially the ideas or intellectual data of another person;
iv. copying the work of another person or student;
v.  the submission of work, as if it were the student’s own, which has been obtained from the internet or any other form of information technology;
vi. the submission of coursework making significant use of unattributed digital images such as graphs, tables, photographs, etc. taken from books/articles, the internet or from the work of another person;
vii. the submission of a piece of work which has previously been assessed for a different award or module or at a different institution as if it were new work;
viii. allowing or being involved in allowing a student to copy another’s work including physical or digital images.
3.     Penalties
For a first case of proven academic misconduct, a Grade Point 0 will be issued for the concerned assignment.Students may be allowed a reassessment for the assignment and have the Grade Point capped at 60. A written warning will be issued to the student.
For a second case of proven academic misconduct, whether in the same academic year or subsequent academic year, a Grade Point 0 will be issued for the entire module. Students will not be allowed a reassessment for any part of the module. A Demerit letter will be issued to the student.
For a third case of proven academic misconduct, whether in the same academic year or subsequent academic year, a Grade Point 0 will be issued for the entire module and students will not be allowed a reassessment or a replacement module. Students will also not be allowed to enroll for any other award at the University.
Academic misconduct (cheating) in University Examinations is treated as a serious offence. One or any combination of the following penalties may be imposed upon offenders:
-  Ban from entering a particular examination
-  Examination results declared inadmissible.
-  Formal reprimand and requirement to sit for re-examination at a later date.
-  Results of re-examination will be capped at pass mark.
-  Formal reprimand and examination results for entire academic year declared inadmissible. Candidate may repeat the year, bearing full costs. Results for entire year are capped at pass mark.
-  Formal reprimand and official warning letter.
-  Formal reprimand and official demerit letter.
-  Expulsion from University with all examination results declared inadmissible.