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Student Appeals Academic Misconduct. Appeals and Complaints Processes within Northumbria University Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) Student.

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1 Student Appeals Academic Misconduct

2 Appeals and Complaints Processes within Northumbria University Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) Student Appeals and Complaints Ombudsman Possible formal process within School Informal

3 Numbers of Northumbria Appeals & Complaints (Final Stage) by Academic Year

4 Numbers of Appeals and Complaints Nationally OIA Data by Calendar Year Nationally 15% of cases go to OIA, 33% of these are upheld or settled in some way

5 Northumbria’s Systems 10% of Northumbria’s cases to the OIA are upheld or settled in some way Rob Behrens (OIA Independent Adjudicator) – Northumbria is noted for the “precision and seriousness with which it deals with appeals and complaints” Regulations – Students aware of regulations and due processes – Clear and systematically followed in a transparent manner Clear audit trails

6 Academic Misconduct Benchmarking Research project (AMBeR) Phase 1 collected information on HEI penalties (June 07) Phase 2 collected information on incidence and application of penalties (May 08) Highlighted need for more transparency, better recording procedures Consistency within HEI type Available at

7 Recorded Cases of Academic Misconduct at Northumbria 06/0707/08 Established by initial procedure Established by formal panel4424 Total recorded cases Student population with 1st offence0.91%1.10% Student population with 2nd/multiple offences 0.12%0.09% Total population1.03%1.20%

8 ARNA, Appendix 1 Regulations/Procedures Applying to Academic Misconduct Available at Defines: expectation of students principles/categories of academic misconduct initial and formal investigation procedures Structured guidance on penalties: level of study type of misconduct more severe for subsequent offences extent to which learning outcomes are met

9 Examination Boards: Module Examination Board (MEB) determines module result Progression and Awards Board (PAB) determines the course-level penalty Multiple offences may count as one in certain circumstances Mitigating factors may be considered Audit trail Academic Misconduct non-compensatable

10 What Next? Review data/trends Improve record keeping to track incidence Further staff development: see Guidelines for Good Assessment Practice, appendix 6 at iew=Standard iew=Standard development of good academic practice consistent approach emphasis on prevention

11 Contacts Dr Mike Adey - Student Appeals and Complaints Ombudsman Ruth Hattam - School Registrar (School of Computing, Engineering & Information Sciences) Liz Morrow - Principal Administrator (Academic Registry)


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