Cheating students

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Dear University of Reading,

For each of the academic years from 2011 to present, please can you tell me how many students have been caught cheating on academic work by the University?

For each year, I would like to know:
1. How many were male and how many female
2. How many were undergraduates and how many post-graduates
3. A break down of the kinds of cheating identified eg plagiarism, collusion
4. The kinds of outcomes for cases and the numbers for each kind.

Yours faithfully,

Milo Boyd

IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Boyd

This is to acknowledge receipt of your request for information below and to let you know it is being processed.

We'll get back to you as soon as we can, but in any case within 20 working days from 21/03/2017.

In the meantime, if you wish to add any further details or check on progress, please reply to this message, without altering the 'Subject:' line, so that we can track your input and respond promptly.

Yours sincerely,

Sinead Latham

Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading, Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
t: +44 (0)118 378 8981

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IMPS, University of Reading

Dear Mr Boyd,
Please be advised that data in respect of academic year 2011/12 was not
possible to locate within the appropriate costs limit established by
section 12 of the Freedom of information Act 2000; this is currently set
at £450 (or 18 hours work) by virtue of the Freedom of Information and
Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.
Our records for 2011/12 are in hardcopy only and contained within other
records and not held in an aggregated, easy-to-retrieve, reportable
format. In order to look for how many students had been caught cheating on
academic work it would therefore be necessary to manually interrogate a
large number of paper files to locate each individual case reported to
SCAM (Student Complaints and Academic Misconduct) during 2011/12 and then
to locate the information within those relevant records. Due to the
volumes of manual checking required this would exceed the 18 hour limit,
therefore this email acts as a refusal notice.
However, under section 16 (duty to provide help and assistance) we have
provided the information requested for academic years 2012/13 through to
2016/17, for cases which were referred to SCAM, as this was readily
available. Our responses are given below limbs 1 to 5 of your request and
we hope that this is of use to you.
We are required to include details of our complaints procedures, including
your rights to apply to the Information Commissioner.  The procedure is
detailed in our Freedom of Information and Environmental Information
Regulations policy on the web at
If we are unable to resolve any complaint, you can complain to the
Information Commissioner, the independent body who oversees the access to
information regimes:
Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Email: [2][email address]
Yours sincerely
Rebecca Daniells
IMPS Officer
Information Management & Policy Services (IMPS), University of Reading,
Whiteknights, Reading, RG6 6AH
[3][University of Reading request email]    t: +44 (0)118 378 8981   

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