Contract cheating

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra made this Freedom of Information request to University of the Highlands and Islands

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Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Dear University of the Highlands and Islands,

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 (2012/2013-2016/2017) under the Academic Misconduct, 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 classified as the contract cheating? (for ex: assignment or dissertation were written by somebody else)

3. When there were cases that the staff involved in the contract cheating, please describe.

I would request this data in either Excel or CSV format or searchable PDF.

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, University of the Highlands and Islands

Dear Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

RE: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

Thank you for your enquiry, which has been logged and passed to the relevant department within the University for processing. Please quote reference number FOI 033 should you need to contact the University regarding this request.

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If you have any questions regarding your request for information then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Christine Shaw
Corporate Governance Officer
DDI / Fòn: 01847 889380

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FOI, University of the Highlands and Islands

Dear Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Re: Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 – Request for Information

I refer to your request for information received on the 19th March 2018 relating to contract cheating - request number 033. Please see our response as follows:

From 2012-13 to 2016-17 there were 55 cases of academic misconduct which resulted in disciplinary actions. None of the disciplinary actions for any of the cases were a fine and/or expulsion. For reasons of confidentiality under Section 381(b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) we would not give full details of these cases.

During that time period, only 1 case related to contract cheating. No staff were involved in that case.

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Finally, should you wish to discuss the contents of this response then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely

Christine Shaw
Corporate Governance Officer
DDI / Fòn: 01847 889380

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