Unfortunately every year a number of students are subject to investigations because of an alleged examination irregularity. In some cases, the irregularity is viewed to be academic misconduct and results in the student concerned having their examination mark reduced to zero (with no resit), or in severe cases, the student being withdrawn from the University.
What is an examination irregularity?
An examination irregularity occurs if a student breaches University Regulations relating to academic conduct. Examination irregularities could include:
- Taking notes into an examination
- Having a phone in your pocket
- Wearing a smart watch
- Using a phone, a smart watch or other non-permitted electronic devices.
- Taking blank paper into the examination
- Taking correction tape or fluid (Tippex) into the examination
- Having writing on your body/arms/hands
- Talking to other students
- Annotations (written notes) in books/dictionaries
- Storing text in calculators or other electronic devices
- Removing papers from the exam room.
Why does the University take examination irregularities seriously?
The University wants to maintain high standards. Examination irregularities can:
- Give some students an unfair advantage
- Disadvantage other students who act fairly
- Impact on the credibility of the University and your degree
How can I be a good student and avoid an examination irregularity occurring?
We recommend the following:
- Be organised on the day of the exam
- Check the venue of the exam (know where you need to go in advance as it may be somewhere unfamiliar to you
- Arrive at the exam hall early
- Make sure you have no writing on your hand/arm before going to the exam – if you do, wash it off!
- Check your dictionaries, pencil cases and pockets to remove any notes, paper, mobile phones or other non-permitted materials
- Make sure you delete any stored data on calculators
- Carry your pens, pencils and stationery items in a transparent pencil case or clear plastic bag
- Have your pens, pencils and permitted equipment ready when entering the exam hall
- Place your belongings (including scarfs, hats and coats) in the designated areas
- Remove any mobile phones or smart watches, switch them off, and place them in the designated areas
During the examination:
Listen carefully to the Invigilator’s Instructions - if you are worried about something in an exam, raise your hand to speak to the Invigilator.
You can find more information on examination rules on the Examinations Intranet page.