Academic misconduct in exams
The University takes a serious view of any attempt to gain an unfair advantage over other students in exams.
Misconduct in exams includes the following actions:
- taking unauthorised items into the exam venue
- writing notes on yourself or having notes in your pocket
- using a calculator which is not approved
- leaving a mobile phone in your pocket
- accessing or trying to access information stored on your phone
- copying from another student
Before your exam, make sure you know what you can and can't take into the exam room.
Make sure that you do not bring into the exam venue any notes from your private study. Even if you have notes or unauthorised items in the venue and are not using them, this will be considered a breach of the rules. When the supervisor makes the announcement about permitted items, check again that you haven't accidentally brought anything into the room with you - this is the only time you can surrender items without penalty.
Conduct in exams
Student conduct during exams is governed by the Examination Rules.
- don't bring unauthorised items
- don't communicate with anyone except the exam supervisors
- don't copy from other students or allow others to copy from your own work
- don't take exam materials from the room when you leave
- don't disturb other students, and
- obey instructions from exam supervisors
Action following misconduct in exams
Academic misconduct during exams will be dealt with according to the Student Conduct Rules.
If it is alleged that you have breached the rules, you will be interviewed at the end of the exam. Any unauthorised items will be confiscated.
A report will be sent to the Subject Coordinator who will investigate further, and may wish to arrange a time to discuss the incident.
The Subject Coordinator will advise you of the outcome and may recommend one of the following:
- decide to take no further action in relation to the matter, or
- apply a penalty, or
- refer the matter to the Faculty Investigation Committee.
Your results may be withheld until the matter is resolved.
The University has a professional Counselling Service available if you need to discuss a personal situation.