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Rules and Regulations


University Regulations

At Leeds Beckett, there is a wide range of University Regulations, which are organised into Student Regulations and Academic Regulations. These define how we work, how our courses and degrees are structured, requirements you need to fulfil to be awarded a degree, processes within the University, your rights as a students, and your responsibilities as a student with regards to your academic work.

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If you have just started your course, these regulations and information might be overwhelming at first. Don't worry, after a short time you will get used to the terms and expressions used.

Some regulations you might only have to look at once, whereas other regulations you should familiarise yourself with in more detail as they are important for your academic studies. 

Academic Integrity, Misconduct and Plagiarism

Our University wants to give you credit for your learning and for work that you have done yourself. The serious consequences of plagiarism and other types of unfair practice are detailed in the Academic Regulations.

Academic misconduct occurs when you have not done the work yourself. Academic misconduct can take many forms and may be intentional or unintentional. The different forms may include: cheating, plagiarism and other forms of unfair practice. 

Plagiarism includes ‘self-plagiarism’ where a student submits work for credit that they have already received credit for either in this University or anywhere else. Plagiarism also includes a lack of ‘in-text’ referencing. 

Unfair practice includes collusion, ghost writing and falsification of data.

To help you understand very clearly what is and is not permitted and how to use other people’s ideas in your assessed work, it is strongly recommended that you familiarise yourself with our Little Books series, especially The Little Book of Academic Integrity. There is also a collection of resources in Skills for Learning dedicated to Academic Communication, including a section on Plagiarism and Referencing.

Please seek advice from your tutors if, after reading the information and advice provided, you are still unsure on how to reference your work correctly. 

Extenuating Circumstances

If you are experiencing problems that are adversely affecting your ability to study – known as 'extenuating circumstances' - then you can apply for mitigation. Examples of extenuating circumstances include personal or family illness, bereavement, family problems or being a victim of crime.

Further guidance and the formal request forms that you must complete if you wish to apply for extenuating circumstances is available on the Student Hub.
 

Student Appeals

If you feel that you have in some way been disadvantaged during your studies and this is reflected in your results, then you may have grounds for an academic appeal.

Once your results are available on Results Online you have 15 working days to submit a request for an appeal hearing. You will find the information you need, including grounds for appeal, when and how to appeal and frequently asked questions on the Student Hub.

You are strongly advised to seek guidance from the Students’ Union Advice Service on whether you have grounds for an appeal and the completion of the paperwork.

Assessment Processes

You will find further details of the assessment processes in your course information and will be provided with detailed assessment information within each module. 

Here we cover University-wide assessment processes and guidance.

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You will usually be required to submit your assessments online. 

For some modules you may be asked to submit your work via Turnitin. This is text matching software used to review student work to check for possible plagiarism and generate 'originality reports'. 

The video below shows how to use Turnitin to submit your assignment. There are many more Turnitin guides available covering different aspects of submitting work, understanding originality reports and viewing your marks and feedback.
 

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There are standard penalties for late submission of your work where you do not have any form of extenuating circumstances. These range from deducting 5% to 100% of the possible total mark, depending on the number of days late.

 

Full details of the penalties for late submission of course work are also available on the Student Hub.

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If you have not passed a module at the first attempt you may be eligible for reassessment. You will need to make sure you are aware of the relevant reassessment process (e.g. whether it is coursework, an examination, a presentation or other form of assessment / when it will take place / what the deadline is).

You will be advised by your module tutor regarding re-assessment. You are advised to contact your course leader, student administrator or support tutor for any necessary clarification.

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