Ghostwriter in the university

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Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

Dear Open 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? Please give details about the case.

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.

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Yours faithfully,

Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

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Dear Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

 

Please see the information you requested highlighted in orange 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.

a)We do not issue fines.

b) Number of student expelled (Temporarily and Permanently)

 

Offence and
Code of
Year Total Number Conduct Code
Other Conduct
13/14 7 3 SD 1.4
Academic
misconduct
    3 SD1.8
Enabling
Plagiarism
    1 SD1.9
Academic
misconduct
14/15 15 12 SD1.8
Other Conduct 
    1 SD1.1c
Other Conduct
1.2, 1.4 1.8
    1 1.10
Unacceptable
Conduct SD1.2,
SD1.4.SD1.8 &
    1 SD1.10
Academic
misconduct
15/16 9 8 SD1.8
SD1.3 Conduct
that, in the
opinion of the
University,
damages the
University’s
    1 reputation.
Academic
misconduct
16/17 10 6 SD1.8
Serious
Academic
misconduct
    1 SD1.8ii
Enabling
Plagiarism
    1 SD1.9
Knowingly
making a false
statement or
fraudulently
providing
information in
the following
    1 SD1.4f
Unacceptable
    1 Conduct SD1.1c
Unacceptable
17/18 2 1 Conduct SD1.1c
SD 1.3 Conduct
that disrupts
or interferes
with the
teaching,
learning,
research or
administration
of The Open
    1 University,

 

 

2. In those academic years (2013 to 2017), How many of those are the case
where a ghost-writer involve? (for ex: assignment or dissertation were
written by somebody else)

·         We only had 1 case in 2015

 

3.  How to find out that ghost-writer involvement since many ghost-writer
organisations offer the plagiarism checking?

·         The student was exposed by the ‘ghost writer’ for none payment.

4. Is there any case where your staff involved in that unfair practice,
being a ghost-writer for the student? Please give details about the case.

·         No cases reported

 

I hope the information we have been able to provide is useful, but if you
require anything further please contact us again.

 

Kind Regards

Mel

 

Miss Mel Augusto | Information Rights Assistant

Equality, Diversity and Information Rights, Academic Policy and Governance

The Open University, Level 5, Charles Pinfold Building, Walton Hall,
Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Tel: +44 (0) 1908 653994 

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