Academic integrity – plagiarism and collusion
Answers must be your own work and must not be attempted with the help of other people. If there is a suspected case of academic misconduct this will be treated in the same way as all plagarism and collusion cases at the University and will be taken very seriously.
You must use your own words to answer questions, and should not cut and paste material.
If you refer to external sources such as books or journal articles, you must reference them in the way that you normally would in a typical exam situation, unless the front page of the exam paper tells you to do something different.
For more information see our academic integrity pages, where you will find explanations of the academic offence procedures and guidance on maintaining high academic standards. There are various penalties for academic offences, including formal written warnings, mandatory reassessment for capped or uncapped marks, a mark of zero for the assessment or module in which the offence occurred, or - in the most serious of cases - withdrawal from the University.
Academic integrity is taken very seriously at the University, whether exams take place online or in person. The use of messaging apps and platforms to copy the work of others, work collaboratively for individual assessment, or to have discussions with others during your exam is prohibited and will be investigated as a suspected case of academic misconduct. It is your responsibility to ensure that you complete your exams with honesty and integrity.
If you are unsure about how you are expected to approach your online exam, please contact your department for advice.
Sitting exams outside of the UK
The times shown on your timetable are in UK time. Please convert this to your local time, if you are undertaking your online exam outside of the United Kingdom. If you are sitting exams with a short duration (less than 23 hours 59 minutes), and the time zone in your location makes it impossible for you to take the exam, you should complete our Notified Absence form via My Essex, and an extenuating circumstances claim. If you are sitting exams with a short duration (less than 23 hours 59 minutes), and you feel that the time zone in your location has negatively impacted your performance in an exam, you should submit an extenuating circumstances claim form.
For assessments that last for 24 hours or more, we hope that you will be able to take the assessment at a convenient time for you within that period. We advise that you try to download the paper and read through the questions while our support staff are available, in case you need help or have a question. However, if you think that you have been disadvantaged by sitting the assessment in a different time zone, for example if you were unable to access timely support and advice, you should submit an extenuating circumstances claim.
Exam absences and extenuating circumstances
If you think that your performance in an exam has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you should submit an extenuating circumstances claim by the relevant deadline.
Guidance, deadlines and a link to the form can be found on the extenuating circumstances webpages.
If you can’t take an online exam at the scheduled date and time, please complete a Notified Absence from Exams form on MyEssex. You also need to submit an extenuating circumstances claim for the affected exam and may be required to submit evidence. If you are eligible to resit the exam, as most students are, the reassessment period is in August/September.
Late submission of online exams
Exams of under 24 hours' duration
If the length of the exam is less than 23 hours 59 minutes and delivered on FASER, an additional hour has already been added to the standard time for the exam to reflect the fact that it is being delivered online. This is to allow time for you to download the question paper and upload your answers. There will be technical support available in case you have any difficulties and you are encouraged to use the practice test available in advance. Should you still experience difficulties uploading your completed work, you should email your work within the allotted period to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should the work be submitted late, your late submission will be treated as a missed assessment and will not be marked (see the information about extenuating circumstances). You may wish to make an extenuating circumstances claim.
Exams of 24 hours and over
If the duration of the exam is 23 hours 59 minutes or more, you should upload your answer to FASER and submit a late submission claim using the extenuating circumstances form on My Essex. You should submit your work no later than 24 hours after the published deadline. You should explain the extenuating circumstances that caused you to submit your work after the deadline. We understand that you may not be able to provide evidence to support your claim. Your school/department will decide whether to accept your claim. If your claim is accepted, your work will be marked.