Cheating in Exams

Cheating involves actual, intended, or attempted deception and/or dishonest action in relation to any academic work of the University.

The University operates a zero tolerance policy in relation to cheating in examinations.

The penalties for cheating in examinations are severe and are described in detail in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) Senate Regulation 11: Regulations governing Student Discipline (PDF).

Examples of unauthorised behaviour

  • Taking unauthorised material into an exam: This will be regarded as attempted deception.
    Unauthorised material includes any notes/documents on your person and non-permitted equipment/devices (e.g. a prohibited model of calculator or an ipod). 
    If after the exam has started it is discovered that you have unauthorised material in your possession, including any information written on a part of your body or on clothing, it will automatically be assumed that cheating has taken place.
    The consequence will be the award of a mark of zero for the module affected.
  • Talking or communicating with another student during an exam:
    You are not allowed to talk or communicate in any way with another student whilst you are in the exam room. Talking or communicating with another student during an exam may result in you receiving a mark of zero for the module affected.

Read and follow the University's Examination Regulations to ensure that you do not cheat in an exam, intentionally or otherwise.
If you receive a mark of zero as a penalty for cheating, this will be recorded on your student transcript. 

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