Dear Bournemouth University,
This request is under the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
1. Please inform me of the number of disciplinary actions taken against students resulting in a fine and/or expulsion in the last five academic years, the reasons for such action being taken, and the results of any appeal.
2. In those academic years (2013 to 2017), How many of those are the case where a ghostwriter involve? (for ex: assignment or dissertation were written by somebody else)
3. How to find out that ghostwriter involvement since many ghostwriter organisations offer the plagiarism checking?
4. Is there any case where your staff involved in that unfair practice, being a ghostwriter for the student?
I would request this data in either Excel or CSV format or searchable PDF.
If you feel the information that I have requested cannot be compiled within a reasonable time frame, I would appreciate if you at least can answer my first question.
If you need any clarification then please contact me via email. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance, I would expect you contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.
Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra
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We write further to your email of 13th April 2018 .
Your request has been processed by us in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
1.Please inform me of the number of disciplinary actions taken against
students resulting in a fine and/or expulsion in the last five academic
years, the reasons for such action being taken, and the results of any
Please see Excel Spreadsheet. Please note that the University does not
have the penalty of a "fine" for academic offences.
2. In those academic years (2013 to 2017), How many of those are the case
where a ghostwriter involve? (for ex: assignment or dissertation were
written by somebody else) Please see Excel Spreadsheet
3. How to find out that ghostwriter involvement since many ghostwriter
organisations offer the plagiarism checking?
Academic staff are responsible for scrutinising assessments as outlined in
the Academic Offences Policy and Procedure. This may involve noticing such
things as changes in writing style, changes in grammar use etc. in some
cases instances are highlighted by Turnitin as essays are available online
on essay banks.
4. Is there any case where your staff involved in that unfair practice,
being a ghostwriter for the student?
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