Academic misconduct revealed

Photo: ODT files
Photo: ODT files

Some cases of ''level two'' student academic misconduct - deemed to be intentional - were reported throughout the University of Otago's academic divisions last year.

The offending often involved using plagiarised material in internal assessment assignments, and offenders usually received no marks for their submitted work.

They were also required to undertake other academic work aimed at strengthening their grasp of academic integrity issues, university academic discipline reports released yesterday showed.

In some cases, students submitted other students' assignment work as their own, and there were some cases of students taking unauthorised notes into a final examination, in one case a single word written on a science candidate's hand.

In one striking case in medicine, a student received zero marks for the assignments, after twice substituting a previous student's assignments as their own work.

The offending student was required to resubmit one assignment, to meet course requirements, and to write a ''reflective assessment on academic integrity''.

This student was also referred to the university's MBChB Fitness to Practise Committee.

This was one of four cases of level two academic misconduct reported in Otago health sciences last year.

Two of the four students were penalised after being found with handwritten notes in final examinations, and another had submitted three internal assessment assignments including sections of plagiarised text.

Eleven cases of ''level two'' academic misconduct were reported in humanities, mostly using plagiarised materials in internal assignments, and one case of a student being found with notes during an exam.

Ten cases of level two misconduct were also reported in sciences, mostly involving plagiarism, or copying another student's work for internal assessment.

Nine cases of misconduct were also reported in commerce, mostly offending involving internal assessment, and, in five cases, students had been making use of other students' work, not their own.

Two students in commerce had submitted plagiarised text, and two students went into examinations with unauthorised notes, in one case, written on a hand.

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