Guidance for Students in Online Examinations

Please take a moment to re-familiarise yourself with the Student Code of Conduct, particularly during the exam period, and note the following specific to online exams:

  • The answers you submit must be entirely your own work – the marker needs to be able to assess your understanding of the material. Do not copy from lecture slides, books, online sources or anywhere else - even if the exam is open book and you are allowed to consult these, you must not simply copy. Any direct quote must be shown as such – using quotation marks and attributing it to source and page number. Note also, your answers should not simply comprise a series of quotes - this does not demonstrate your understanding.
  • If you are referring to your own notes (and only if you are permitted to do so), ensure that your notes do not contain material copied from other sources, because this will be considered as plagiarism, and will be flagged by Turnitin.
  • You must not translate text from other languages and submit it as your own work. This is plagiarism and does not demonstrate that you understand the course material.
  • Do not share your notes with other students, as you may submit very similar answers as a result, which will be considered as collusion with others, and will be flagged by Turnitin. You should also avoid using jointly produced notes for the same reason.
  • Although you can discuss how to approach the exam, and revise with other students, you must not discuss specific exam questions or answers with other students. This is collusion and will result in conduct action.
  • You must not allow any other person to sit any part of the exam for you. Student found doing this will be referred to the Senate Student Conduct Committee where penalties include permanent expulsion from the University.
  • You must not use any online Q&A or 'homework help' website - either posting the questions yourself, or using solutions posted in response to other students' questions. This is cheating.
  • Ensure that you are very clear about the rules for each specific examination, as rules may vary by course and assessment. Pay particular attention to the time allowed for each exam – for example, although a 24-hour slot may be allocated for an exam (to account for different time zones), this does not mean you are expected to take 24 hours to complete it. If you take more than the maximum allotted time, you may face a penalty, so please consider the time needed to prepare and submit your exam according to the exam-specific guidance.