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​Academic Conduct

Academic Conduct procedures are formally laid out in the Student Disciplinary & Fitness to Practice Regulations which are available in the Student Portal (follow the Regulations link). Please view this helpful video that describes the academic conduct regulations by John Revuelta, Senior Lecturer in the School of Marketing, Tourism and Languages.
 
A brief overview of the procedures described in the Regulations is:
  • Detection: This is done by the academic member of staff who marks your coursework (or the Invigilator in exams). They get a colleague to check.
  • Evaluation: Your work and their findings is then passed for further investigation and evaluation to a designated member of staff for the School owning the module on which the alleged offence was committed. This is the Academic Conduct Officer (ACO). You are likely to be invited for interview before a final decision is made. (In overseas programmes, your input is likely to be sought by email). If you cannot attend interview a decision will be made in your absence.
  • Application of Penalty: A decision on your case is made. If it is decided that a plagiarism offence has been committed, the ACO will apply a suitable penalty. They will refer more serious cases to a University Academic Conduct Committee. Penalties often involve reduction of marks, but in extreme cases they can even involve expulsion from the University. The range of penalties is included in the Regulations.

Detecting Plagiarism - TurnitinUK

This system is designed to help students check whether they have inadvertently committed plagiarism. So if a lecturer has set up a Turnitin assignment in a Moodle module it is possible for a student to input their own work and, when satisfied with their final draft, refer the lecturer to it. Alternatively the lecturer or ACO may simply grant the student access to their own file during an investigation. Edinburgh Napier is hopeful that this system can help students avoid plagiarism and it is hoped that its co-operative use will develop in the manner described.

If Turnitin detects a match between your work and another source, your lecturer or the ACO will decide if that match is a justified, properly-referenced quotation or if it represents plagiarism. Turnitin is extensively used at the investigation stage and it is for this reason that you may be asked for a copy of your work electronically. Your work is treated confidentially, under the principles of the UK Data Protection Act, as described further below.​

Data Protection – Turnitin Feedback Studio
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