In response to a request for information under the FOI Act the University of London kindly provided the following information regarding cheating and similar offences in the UG Laws LLB examinations 2016.
A few weeks go, the University was asked to provide information about the number of cases of plagiarism detected in respect of projects, dissertations and case notes submitted by LLB students in 2012, 2013 and in the case of the CLRI case note, 2014. In addition, information about the University’s policy on plagiarism, the action taken against offenders and whether the University used plagiarism detection software. was requested.
In respect of the 2013 exams (May / June and October / November combined):
(a) the number of incidents of cheating or similar examination offences recorded by invigilators.
83 reports received containing allegations of assessment offence in the examination hall by LLB students
(b) the number of students formally accused of cheating or similar examination offences
17 students contacted and asked to submit a statement in respect of the allegation made against them.
In 6 of those cases it was determined there was a case to answer and they had allegation put to them formally.
(c) the number of students found guilty of cheating or similar examination offences
77 cases – no further action.
5 cases – action taken.
1 case – unresolved (awaiting further statement from student).
(d) the action taken against those students found guilty of cheating or similar examination offences
All 5 cases received the equivalent of a mark of zero for the element in question
Comment: With many thousands of students each sitting between 2 and 5 papers the levels of cheating are commendably low. The punishment is in line with that applied in many academic institutions.