If you have any queries with respect to your academic decision/results, you are advised to contact your College/School in the first instance. Please refer to the relevant contacts per College/School.
If you fail to proceed to the next stage of your degree programme, and are not given an opportunity to sit supplementary examinations, or if you wish to appeal against your final award decision, you will be given an opportunity to appeal against the decision. Details on how to appeal are given in the Academic Appeals Procedures.
Academic integrity reflects a shared set of principles which include honesty, trust, diligence, fairness and respect and is about maintaining the integrity of a student’s work and their award. Academic integrity is based on the ethos that how you learn is as important as what you learn.
Academic integrity is based upon a number of core principles. For students, this means:
- Taking responsibility for their own work and studies;
- Respecting the opinions of others, even if they do not agree with them;
- Respecting the rights of others to work and study within the ‘learning community’;
- Acknowledging the work of others, where it has contributed to their own studies, research or publications;
- Ensuring that the individual’s contribution to group work is represented honestly;
- Supporting others to behave with academic integrity;
- Following the ethical requirements and where appropriate professional standards appropriate to the discipline;
- Avoiding actions which would give an unfair advantage over others;
- Ensuring that the results of research or experimental data are represented honestly;
- Complying with the assessment requirements.
Academic integrity is the guiding principle for all student assessment; from taking exams, making oral presentations, or writing assignments; dissertations or theses for assessment.
Academic misconduct occurs when the principles and values of academic integrity are not adhered to and will often include an attempt by a student to gain an unfair advantage in assessment. Academic misconduct includes: plagiarism; collusion; breach of examination regulations; fabrication of data; impersonation of others, or the commissioning of work for assessment. The University takes any allegation of academic misconduct extremely seriously.
College Academic Integrity Officers
Each College will have its own Academic Integrity Officers who are responsible for dealing with College-level cases (first offences).
Academic misconduct is defined as committing any act whereby a person may attempt to obtain for himself/herself, or for another person, an unpermitted advantage. This applies whether candidates act alone or in conjunction with another/others. An action or actions shall be deemed to fall within this definition whether occurring during, or in relation to, a formal examination, a piece of coursework, or any other form of assessment undertaken in pursuit of an academic or professional qualification at Swansea University.
It is academic misconduct to:
- introduce into an examination room any unauthorised form of material such as a book, manuscript, data or loose papers, information obtained via an electronic device or any source of unauthorised information;
- present an examination script as one’s own work when the script includes material produced by unauthorised means.
- copy from, or communicate with, any other person in the examination room, except as authorised by an invigilator;
- communicate electronically with any other person during an examination;
- be in possession of any electronic device capable of communicating with other devices or other people during an examination;
- impersonate an examination candidate, or allow oneself to be impersonated;
- present evidence of special circumstances to examination boards which is false, or falsified, or which in any way misleads or could mislead examination boards;
Examples of academic misconduct in non-examination conditions e.g. coursework, assignments, dissertations etc:
Plagiarism, which is defined as using, without acknowledgment, another person's work and submitting it for assessment as though it were one's own work; for instance, through copying or unacknowledged paraphrasing. This constitutes plagiarism whether it is intentional or unintentional. Each College will advise you about the dangers of plagiarism and ways of avoiding engaging in plagiarism. Essentially, you must reference any material, and acknowledge your sources.
Collusion, which is defined as two or more students or other persons working together without prior authorisation in order to gain unfair advantage and to produce the same or similar piece of work and then attempting to present this work entirely as their own.
Commissioning of work, which is the act of paying for, or arranging for another to produce, a piece of work which is then submitted for assessment as though it were the student’s own work.
Falsification of the results of laboratory, field-work or other forms of data collection and analysis.
The risks associated with cheating are immense, because the penalties that you incur when you get caught could be enough to ruin your career. For instance if you are a Law student you could find that, if found guilty of engaging in academic misconduct, you will not be accepted as a member of the Law Society. Likewise if you are aspiring to become a teacher, doctor or nurse you might find your chosen career path being closed prematurely if you are found guilty of cheating.
The penalties imposed on students vary from warnings, to cancellation of marks for module to being required to withdraw from the University.
A transcript is record of the modules pursued and the marks/grades obtained for the entire programme of study.
Current students can print or email their official transcript free of charge by accessing their intranet account. Once a student has logged into their intranet account, they need to click on course details. If they scroll across the screen they will find a transcript button on the top right hand side.
A transcript is also embedded within the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR) Diploma Supplement, which is available electronically through www.gradintel.com. As well as the transcript, the HEAR (Diploma Supplement) provides a description of the nature, level, context, content and status of the studies and is available for you to use and develop from entry to the University. It can also be used as a formal exit document to help enhance your employability, by including achievements, including not only assessment marks but wider achievements, in a verified document. View more information regarding the HEAR (Diploma Supplement).
Transcripts are issued by Academic Services. Alumni who are no longer able to access their intranet account, or students who require the university to send a copy of their transcript directly to a third party are required to pay a fee. The following charges apply:
Transcripts Produced from the Computerised Record System
As a guideline computerised transcripts will only be available for those students who started their programme of study in 1997 or later. If you completed earlier than this you will normally require a hand produced transcript. The charge for a computerised transcript is £10 for the first copy and £5 for each additional copy ordered at the same time and posted to the same address. A further request will constitute a new order and the first transcript will be charged at £10.
Hand Produced Transcripts
It will usually take at least 2 weeks to hand produce a transcript and it is often not possible to fulfil a request. The fee is £25 for the first copy and £5 for each additional copy ordered at the same time. A further request will constitute a new order and the first transcript will be charged at £10 as the preparatory work has already been done.
All charges detailed above are inclusive of postage and packing to one address. If there is a requirement to send documents to more than one address then a surcharge in addition to the cost of the production of the documents will apply at the following rates:
£3 per document to each additional address in the UK or EU.
£5 per document to each additional address outside of the UK or EU.
Payment can be made by cheque, cash, credit or debit card.
It is not possible to issue transcripts by email for security reasons. Therefore you will need to allow sufficient time for the transcript to arrive by post. Transcripts will be posted in a hard copy format either directly to you, or to other universities or employers.
The progression and award results for all taught postgraduate and undergraduate students will be published online on the student Intranet account.
Please note that the University no longer issues paper copies of result letters.
For the end of 18/19 academic session, the online dates of publication are as follows:
|Type of student||Date of publication of result|
|Undergraduate final year students||5 July 2019|
|Postgraduate Taught Students (including Postgraduate Diploma/Certificate and Taught Masters students)||5 July 2019|
|Undergraduate non-final year students||17 July 2019|
Please be advised that the above dates will differ for some programmes; for example some Undergraduate Health Science programmes and the MBBCH. Students pursuing these programmes are asked to contact their College for further information on the timing of release of results.
You may also ring the University via the General University switchboard on 01792 205678.
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