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Assessment Offences

Introduction to Assessment Offences
Section A and Research Student Review Process
Section B Review Process
Procedures and Forms
Links to Further Sources of Support

Introduction to Assessment Offences Top of page

“Assessment Offences” are a broad term covering a range of offences of academic misconduct, including offences in relation to coursework and group work (such as plagiarism, collusion and falsification of data) and offences in relation to examinations (such as use of unauthorised materials and notes or copying the work of another student).

The University’s procedures covering the investigation of allegations of academic misconduct are laid out in full in Quality Assurance Statement 53 (QA 53) and are summarised here.

QA 53 allows for different procedures to be followed in relation to academic misconduct dependent on the significance of the assessment in question within the student’s degree programme. Allegations relating to pieces of assessment (coursework or examinations) which are either purely formative in nature or which solely determine progression and do not count towards a final award are dealt with under the process outlined in “Section A” of QA 53. Likewise pieces of coursework that contribute less than 7% of the total assessment towards a final award are dealt with under Section A. Allegations relating to any examination counting towards a formal award and any piece of coursework counting for 7% or more of the total assessment towards a final award are dealt with under the process outlined in “Section B” of QA 53.

Students who are the subject of an allegation under either section A or section B of QA 53 should seek advice from the Student Union Academic, Welfare, Advice and Representation centre. Those wishing to dispute the outcome of the investigation have a right to ask for a review of that decision through the procedures outlined below.

Section A and Research Student Review Process Top of page

Purpose

To allow students the opportunity to dispute the decision of a Unit Coordinator or Head of Department in relation to an assessment offence investigated under section A of QA 53. These procedures should also be followed by Research Students wishing to challenge the outcome of an assessment offence investigation.

Grounds

The student must demonstrate that the proceedings of the investigation were not carried out in accordance with the procedures outlined in QA 53; or that there is fresh evidence, which is both relevant and substantial, and which could not reasonably have been disclosed previously; or that the finding of the investigation was against the weight of the evidence.

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Process

The student must write to the Chair of the Board of Studies within 14 days of receipt of the notification of the outcome of the investigation.

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Students should ensure that they include all relevant evidence and documentation with their request and specify under which of the grounds detailed above the review is being requested. In framing a request for a review students should also note that (a) in the case of procedural irregularity they need to be able to show not just the existence of an irregularity but that this irregularity was sufficiently serious to call the decision into reasonable doubt; (b) in the case of previously undisclosed mitigating circumstances they need to show both that these had a serious enough effect on their studies to call the decision into doubt and explain why it was impossible for these circumstances to have been disclosed during the initial investigation. Students should also clearly state what their desired outcome is.

 

A request for a review of an investigation under Section A of the assessment offence procedures will be acknowledged. It will then be considered by the Chair of the Board of Studies. The student will be informed of the outcome of the review in writing. The decision of the Chair of the Board of Studies is final and may only be disputed externally to the University through the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). The written notification of the outcome of the review request will formally confirm that the University’s internal procedures have been completed and will contain contact information for the OIA. A link to the OIA homepage is available in the Further Sources of Support section of this page.

Timescale

The student’s request for a review of the outcome of an assessment offence investigation must be submitted in full within 14 days of notification of the decision of the unit convenor or head of department.

Contact

Chair of Board of Studies

Advice

Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre

 

Section B Review Process Top of page

Purpose

To allow students the opportunity to dispute the decision of an inquiry sub-committee in relation to an assessment offence investigated under section B of QA 53.

Grounds

The student must demonstrate that the proceedings of the investigation were not carried out in accordance with the procedures outlined in QA 53; or that there is fresh evidence, which is both relevant and substantial, and which could not reasonably have been disclosed previously; or that the finding of the investigation was against the weight of the evidence.

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Process

The student must write to the Director of Academic Registry within 14 days of receipt of the notification of the outcome of the investigation.

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Students should ensure that they include all relevant evidence and documentation with their request and specify under which of the grounds detailed above the review is being requested. In framing a request for a review students should also note that (a) in the case of procedural irregularity they need to be able to show not just the existence of an irregularity but that this irregularity was sufficiently serious to call the decision into reasonable doubt; (b) in the case of previously undisclosed mitigating circumstances they need to show both that these had a serious enough effect on their studies to call the decision into doubt and explain why it was impossible for these circumstances to have been disclosed during the initial investigation. Students should also clearly state what their desired outcome is.

 

A request for a review of an investigation under Section B of the assessment offence procedures will be acknowledged. It will then be considered by the Director of Academic Registry. The student will be informed of the outcome of the review in writing. The decision of the Director of Academic Registry is final and may only be disputed externally to the University through the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). The written notification of the outcome of the review request will formally confirm that the University’s internal procedures have been completed and will contain contact information for the OIA. A link to the OIA homepage is available in the Further Sources of Support section of this page.

Timescale

The student’s request for a review of the outcome of an assessment offence investigation must be submitted in full within 14 days of notification of the decision of the inquiry Sub-Committee.

Contact

Director of Academic Registry  
Academic Registry
University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
dep-acad-reg@bath.ac.uk

Advice

Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre

 
Procedures and Forms Top of page
Links to Further Sources of Support Top of page