Cheating in exams

If you attempt to gain unfair advantage during an exam, or break any of our exam conduct rules this is classed as cheating.

Penalties for cheating

We take cheating very seriously as it is considered  a type of "academic fraud" and an attempt to deceive the examiners into giving you higher marks than you may have achieved otherwise.

Cheating in University examinations is an absolute offence. One of two penalties will be applied unless the circumstances are exceptional:

  • You must withdraw permanently from the University with no award. This is the usual penalty.
  • You will be required to repeat the examination or some or all of the examinations in the semester where the incident of cheating has occurred. If you successfully repeat the examination(s), the credits may be awarded but a mark of zero will contribute to your degree classification.

Our definition of cheating

Candidates shouldn't, intentionally or otherwise:

  • introduce unauthorised items into the examination room - eg notes (however they are recorded), or other unauthorised material (including blank paper), mobile telephones or pagers, portable or laptop computers or other electronic devices (this list is not exhaustive)
  • copy from other candidates or from notes
  • access or copy from sources of information (except what is allowed by the examiners or the head of exams) or annotate or mark this authorised information (except as authorised by the examiners)
  • disobey the regulations relating to calculators
  • communicate in any way with other candidates or person(s) except the invigilators
  • remove script books (blank or otherwise) from the examination room.

Full details on cheating during examinations are at the Secretariat website

If you are suspected of cheating the Student Advice Centre will offer support and guidance.