Ghostwriter in the university

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Edge Hill University

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Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Dear Edge Hill 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.

Yours faithfully,

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

foi, Edge Hill University

Dear Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Our Reference: FOI171814433

Thank you for your recent correspondence requesting information relating to Edge Hill University. Your request was received in our offices 13th April 2018 and is being processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Under the Act, the University is required to provide you with a response within 20 working days. I will write to you in response to your request for information no later than 11th May 2018.

The Freedom of Information Act includes a number of exemptions to releasing information. Some of these are qualified exemptions, which require us to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose or withhold the information. In these circumstances, we may need more time to consider your request, and if this is the case, I will write to you by the date above to inform you of when you can expect to receive a response.

If you have any queries regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact me, quoting the above reference number in all future correspondence.

Kind Regards
Nicole Hughes
Assistant Planning Officer

Freedom of Information Office
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk, Lancashire
L39 4QP

[Edge Hill University request email]

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foi, Edge Hill University

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Good afternoon Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Our reference: FOI171814433

In regards to your recent request below, I can confirm this has now processed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please find response details below:

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. Please find this attached.

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) 1

3. How to find out that ghostwriter involvement since many ghostwriter organisations offer the plagiarism checking? The University is currently undertaking a significant piece of work to ensure we abide by principles of the QAA guidance.

4. Is there any case where your staff involved in that unfair practice, being a ghostwriter for the student? No.

We trust that this information fully answers your request, however if you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review, quoting the above reference number in all communications. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Dr C Hutchinson-Howorth, Director of Strategic Planning at the University.

If you are not content with the outcome of your review you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner requesting he review our decision. You must submit your complaint in writing to the Commissioner within six months of receiving the response to review letter. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Kind Regards
Nicole Hughes
Assistant Planning Officer

Freedom of Information Office
Edge Hill University
St Helens Road
Ormskirk, Lancashire
L39 4QP

[Edge Hill University request email]

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