Conduct of assessments

Academic integrity

Academic integrity is the honest and responsible conduct of scholarly activity. At its heart are the principles that students submit work that is their own, expresses their own ideas, and attributes the work and ideas of others. It is a breach of academic integrity to commit plagiarism, to collude, to falsify data, and to breach examination conditions.

Plagiarism, collusion, and falsification of data

UCL's Examination Irregularities and Plagiarism policy describes in detail what constitutes plagiarism. In brief, this is: the use of another person's thoughts, ideas, data or other work-product as though you they were you own; the use of 'ghost writing services' to produce or improve work (in part or in full); or the reproduction of material which you have used in other assessments (self-plagiarism.)

UCL uses Turnitin to scan students' work for evidence of plagiarism; it is a highly-effective. We may ask you to submit work directly via Turnitin (within Moodle) or we may submit work on your behalf.

Students in Computer Science should be particularly aware of the risk of plagiarism through the reproduction of content from external sources (for example, programme code), the falsification of programme output, and the use of any external services for the purpose of producing code, software artefacts (including design elements), or other materials.

If you are suspected of plagiarism, collusion, or falsification of data then this will be investigated under UCL's Examination Irregularities and Plagiarism procedure; you may be called to meet with the Chair of Board or Departmental Tutor to discuss your work and may be referred to a Departmental Panel or to the Registrar for further consideration.

Where upheld by a Departmental Panel or the Registrar, plagiarism may result in a penalty being applied to the mark awarded (which includes the work receiving a mark of zero.) Repeat offences may result in more severe penalties.

Support with referencing

UCL Library Services issues guidance on referencing and citations; If in doubt, please refer to the lecturer who set the coursework task; they will be able to advise you on any specific requirements for referencing, including whether you should use any particular style. You can also seek general advice from your Personal Tutor or Programme Director.


Examination conduct

Examinations are taken under controlled conditions to ensure the integrity of the assessment process. There are very specific rules for how you must conduct yourself during an examination and restrictions on what you can take into the venue (for example, dictionaries, calculators, stationery, etc.) UCL sets these out in its 'Examination Guide for Candidates', which you should make sure to read and understand before the examination period.

If a student is suspected to breach examination conditions then this will be investigated under UCL's Examination Irregularities and Plagiarism procedure.

Where upheld by an Examination Irregularities Panel, a breach of examination conditions may incur penalties.