When completing assignments, we want to see that you are truthful about which ideas are your own, that you are not trying to gain an unfair advantage and you are taking an active role in your own learning.
Your assignments are your opportunity to show us what you know and get feedback in the areas where you need to develop. Borrowing assignment notes from a friend or selling your lecture materials after you have finished a unit can lead to serious repercussions, such as being asked to leave your course.
The Turnitin software used to submit assignments can identify when work is similar to other submissions or has been plagiarised or adapted from another source. Even with anonymous marking, tutors can tell changes in writing style within a piece.
Academic offences are taken seriously at BU, and it is only through careful management that we can continue to award well regarded university degrees that are recognised by employers after you graduate. Avoid jeopardising the success of yourself or your peers by sharing your hard work with others. If you are struggling with an assignment, or you find yourself needing additional support we are here to help.
SUBU Advice share their tips to help you with assignment anxieties.
Firstly, don’t panic! I know this can be a worrying situation, but your programme team can help you. Contact your tutor or academic adviser if you need guidance around the assessment criteria or to find out exactly what they want you to deliver through the essay. Don’t be tempted to cheat. I know from my experience of advising students who have gone down that route that the outcome can be devastating.
“If you need to brush up on your academic writing and study skills, I would really recommend that you take a look at the range of resources from the library team, which includes guides, study sheets and videos to help you.
“If you are struggling balancing your workload, the library team is also there to help you and can support you to find the best way forward. Plus, don’t forget that the SUBU advice team can help with a wide range of concerns and provides independent advice.”
If you think you have committed an academic offence or are suspected of having committed an academic offence, SUBU Advice is on hand to provide guidance and support.