University Regulation


It is an offence for a candidate to infringe, or attempt to infringe, the regulations governing the conduct of examinations or to engage, or attempt to engage, in conduct for the purpose of gaining for himself or herself, or for another candidate, an unfair advantage with a view to obtaining a better result than he or she would otherwise achieve.

Examples of such conduct are:
◾copying from the examination script or other work undertaken for assessment by another candidate;
◾personation of others;
◾fabrication of results;
◾plagiarism, that is, the presentation by a candidate of work, including ideas and theories, of another person as if it were the candidate’s own work (see below ‘Plagiarism Policy and Procedures’);
◾contract cheating: engaging third parties to undertake assignments;
◾using inadmissible material.

Reports of alleged offences are considered under procedures approved by the Council in consultation with the Senate in accordance with the Ordinance on Student Discipline.

Plagiarism Policy and Procedures

Plagiarism is the act of taking or copying someone else’s work, including another student’s, and presenting it as if it were your own. Plagiarism is said to occur when ideas, texts, theories, data, created artistic artefacts or other material are presented without acknowledgement so that the person considering this work is given the impression that what they have before them is the student’s own original work when it is not. Plagiarism also occurs where a student’s own work is re-presented without being properly referenced. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and is a disciplinary offence.

Advice on proper referencing practices is given early in your course. If you are concerned about referencing techniques, please draw the matter to the attention of your Course/Subject Director so that you may receive further advice.

Student Declaration of Ownership

When submitting coursework the following declaration of ownership will appear on the coursework submission sheet (or electronic equivalent):

“I declare that this is all my own work and any material I have referred to has been accurately and consistently referenced. I have read the University’s policy on plagiarism and understand the definition of plagiarism as given in the course/subject handbook. If it is shown that material has been plagiarised, or I have otherwise attempted to obtain an unfair advantage for myself or others, I understand that I may face sanctions in accordance with the policies and procedures of the University. A mark of zero may be awarded and the reason for that mark will be recorded on my file.”

Electronic Detection System

At the discretion of the module co-ordinator, coursework may be submitted to an electronic detection system in order to help ascertain if any plagiarised material is present. At enrolment you have given your consent to your work being submitted to electronic detection systems.

Plagiarism Offences

Where a member of staff suspects that your coursework contains plagiarised material, you may be asked to attend for interview to discuss the piece of work. A record of the meeting will be kept. You may also be required to undertake an oral examination on the content of your work. If plagiarism is found to have occurred, you will be penalised in accordance with the Framework of Penalties for Plagiarism Offences. A note will be placed on your file and the offence will be recorded on the central register.

Professional Bodies

Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies have their own policies with regards to being informed of plagiarism offences. If your course is professionally accredited you should be aware that any instance of plagiarism recorded against you may be reported to your professional or other regulatory body.

You should note that there are severe penalties for such offences. The following action is typical of the penalties imposed upon a student who is found guilty of a first offence:
a reprimand;
a warning;
a fine – currently up to a maximum of £250
no credit for the coursework or examination concerned;
postponement for a year of the repeat of the coursework or examination (where a repeat has been granted) and withholding of permission to gain further credit towards a qualification in the interim.

Exam Rules

Conduct of Examinations

You should note that;

  • To sit an examination a candidate must be enrolled and have paid all fees due
  • no unauthorized books, papers or other material may be taken into the examination room,
  • any prescribed texts permitted in an examination should not be annotated as this could be construed as giving a candidate an unfair advantage and consequently such texts may be retained by the Senior Invigilator at the end of the examination;
  • paper or electronic translation or other dictionaries may not be brought into the examination unless their use is permitted as stated in the rubric of the examination paper;
  • mobile phones, ipods, other MP3 players or similar devices are not permitted in the examination room;
  • food or drink may not be brought into the examination room without the prior permission of the Senior Invigilator;
  • electronic calculators which are operationally quiet, hand-held, contain their own power source and cannot communicate with other devices may be used by candidates in an examination unless expressly forbidden by the examiners;
  • no material may be removed from the examination room except the question paper, unless the examiner specifies that it must not be removed;
  • candidates must not communicate with each other during an examination and may only leave the hall temporarily if accompanied by an invigilator;
  • no information relating to the examination paper, additional to that contained in the paper, may be conveyed to candidates during the examination, unless there is an error in the paper, in which case the information shall be provided to all candidates taking the examination;
  • candidates will not be admitted to the examination hall later than one hour after the start of the examination, except with the permission of the Senior Invigilator;
  • no candidate may leave the examination until one hour after it has commenced, or in the last fifteen minutes, except with the permission of the Senior Invigilator;
  • it is the responsibility of each candidate to ensure that his or her examination script is received by an invigilator and consequently candidates must remain seated at their desks until their scripts are collected by the invigilators;

n)  non-attendance at an examination, except for medical reasons or other sufficient cause, will result in the candidate being deemed to have failed the examination;
examination scripts and assessments must be legible, or examiners may decide not to mark them;
anyone disrupting an examination session will be asked to leave.

In addition to the above points, you should ensure that you are familiar with the current Examination Regulations available at:, My Studies tab, Examinations and Assessment channel, Guidelines and Regulations section.

You should also be familiar with the specific regulations for your own course.

Bullying & Harassment

We have a policy for Dealing with Bullying and Harassment which affirms our commitment to promoting a good and harmonious learning and working environment. The aim of this policy and its associated procedures is to try and ensure that bullying and harassment do not occur, and if they do, to deal with such incidents appropriately. The Policy includes details on how to deal with any incidents of alleged bullying or harassment. For further information on the policy and procedures, please contact your Head of School, Course/Subject Director, the Department of Student Support or Equality and Diversity Services. 

Please see here for link to policy

Social Media Policy


These guidelines clearly articulate to students how to make best use of social media sites without compromising your personal security, current/future career prospects and/or the reputation of Ulster University.  See here for further information 

University Handbook

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