Working with others on individual assessments: Collusion

You must not work with others on assessment intended to be produced independently. Such actions may be deliberate or accidental and cover all stages of the preparation, composition, editing and submission of work for assessment.

Why is this a problem?

The ability to work together is an important part of academic life and a skill that many employers value. However, it can raise integrity issues if it prevents markers from assessing your individual efforts and understanding.

What can I do to avoid problems with my work?

1) Do not be discouraged from discussing module content with classmates. But take care when thinking specifically about assessments.

2) Check the exact nature of the assessment, to distinguish between group tasks (when you must work together) and individual tasks (when you must not). Some assessments may include both group and individual elements. Ask your tutor or module leader if you are unsure.

3) Never ask to see someone else’s notes or work. Never share your notes or work.

4) Protect your own notes and work, ensuring that they cannot by copied by anyone else.

What are the penalties if something goes wrong?

Penalties are designed to help you to improve your working practices. Their exact nature will depend on the seriousness of the case and your level of study. Penalties for work that contributes towards your degree (Level 2 and above – including PGT and PGR) normally include a requirement to submit new work for a reduced or zero mark. Extensive and repeated collusion will lead to permanent exclusion from the University. For more information, see the Academic Misconduct Procedure available on the Student Cases webpage.