Plagiarism statistics over a 4 year period for Southampton Solent University

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Dear Southampton Solent University,

I would like to request some information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

How many students from Southampton Solent University have to sit Academic Misconduct inquiries for allegations of plagiarism over the past four years?

For the purposes of result correlation it would be useful if you can provide course information of the students and, if you can narrow the focus further, unit information.

I would also like to know if any of these students were expelled as a result.

Yours faithfully,

Ben Keeley

Freedom of Information, Southampton Solent University

Dear Ben Keeley

Re: Request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information, received by Southampton Solent
University on 29 March 2010, requesting information on academic misconduct
at the University over the past four years.

Your request will be considered and you will receive the information
requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days, as defined by
the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being
exempt.

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Yours sincerely

Naomi Notman
Information Management & Compliance Officer

Fax: 023 8023 3475
E-mail: [Southampton Solent University request email]

Freedom of Information, Southampton Solent University

Dear Ben Keeley

Re: Request for Information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000

Thank you for your request for information, received by Southampton Solent
University on the 29 March 2010, requesting information on academic
misconduct at the University over the past four years.

Please find the University?s response below:

How many students from Southampton Solent University have to sit Academic
Misconduct inquiries for allegations of plagiarism over the past four
years?

I would also like to know if any of these students were expelled as a
result.

2008-09

Allegation
Total
Proven
Not Proven

Plagiarism

Collusion

Falsification

Replication

Taking unauthorised notes or devices into an examination

Obtaining an unauthorised copy of an examination paper

Communicating, or trying to communicate, with another student during an
examination

Being a party to impersonation in relation to an examination



182
77
9
*
*
*
*
*
275
241
34

*Figures equal to or less than 5

N.B. Figures in table represent number of cases not the number of students
involved. Some student may have more than one instance of academic
misconduct and will therefore be recorded twice in these figures.

For the academic year 2008-09 no students were withdrawn from the
University as a result of Academic Misconduct.

2007-08

Allegation
Total
Proven
Not Proven

Plagiarism

Collusion

Falsification

Replication

Taking unauthorised notes or devices into an examination

Obtaining an unauthorised copy of an examination paper

Communicating, or trying to communicate, with another student during an
examination

Being a party to impersonation in relation to an examination



215
97
10
*
*
*
*
*
329
281
48

*Figures equal to or less than 5

N.B. Figures in table represent number of cases not the number of students
involved. Some student may have more than one instance of academic
misconduct and will therefore be recorded twice in these figures.

For the academic year 2007-08 a total of 5 students were withdrawn from
the University.

2006-07

Allegation
Total
Proven
Not Proven

Plagiarism

Collusion

Falsification

Replication

Taking unauthorised notes or devices into an examination

Obtaining an unauthorised copy of an examination paper

Communicating, or trying to communicate, with another student during an
examination

Being a party to impersonation in relation to an examination



198
40
14
*
10
*
*
*
266
233
33

*Figures equal to or less than 5

N.B. Figures in table represent number of cases not the number of students
involved. Some student may have more than one instance of academic
misconduct and will therefore be recorded twice in these figures.

For the academic year 2006-07 a total of 10 students were withdrawn from
the University.

2005-06

Allegation
Total
Proven
Not Proven

Plagiarism

Collusion

Falsification

Replication

Taking unauthorised notes or devices into an examination

Obtaining an unauthorised copy of an examination paper

Communicating, or trying to communicate, with another student during an
examination

Being a party to impersonation in relation to an examination



72
44
6
*
7
*
*
*
129
110
19

*Figures equal to or less than 5

N.B. Figures in table represent number of cases not the number of students
involved. Some student may have more than one instance of academic
misconduct and will therefore be recorded twice in these figures.

For the academic year 2005-06 a total of 2 students were withdrawn from
the University.

For the purposes of result correlation it would be useful if you can
provide course information of the students and, if you can narrow the
focus further, unit information.

It is not possible for the University to provide a breakdown of these
students at course or unit level as this could lead to the identification
of an individual concerned, therefore this information has been found
exempt under section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,
personal information. However, please find detailed below students who
have undergone the Academic Misconduct process broken down by faculty.

Academic Year
Faculty
Total
2008-09
Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise
118
Faculty of Media, Arts and Society
44
Faculty of Technology
44
Warsash Maritime Academy
69

275

Academic Year
Faculty
Total
2007-08
Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise
179
Faculty of Media, Arts and Society
47
Faculty of Technology
50
Warsash Maritime Academy
53

329

Academic Year
Faculty
Total
2006-07
Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise
155
Faculty of Media, Arts and Society
48
Faculty of Technology
45
Warsash Maritime Academy
18

266

Academic Year
Faculty
Total
2005-06
Faculty of Business, Sport and Enterprise
51
Faculty of Media, Arts and Society
33
Faculty of Technology
38
Warsash Maritime Academy
7

129

I trust this information meets your requirements. However, if you are in
any way dissatisfied with the handling of your request, please contact in
the first instance the University?s Director of Finance, Southampton
Solent University, East Park Terrace, Southampton SO14 0YN, e-mail:
[email address].

Yours sincerely

Naomi Notman
Information Management and Compliance Officer

pp. Zita Eckett MBE
Head of Planning

Fax: 023 8023 3475
E-mail: [Southampton Solent University request email]