Student conduct: Guidelines on absenteeism, late-drop and plagiarism


Full-time undergraduate students are expected to attend all classes. Excused absences require a medical certificate or other form of justification. Students with more than two unexcused absences will fail the course. Postgraduate students are similarly expected to attend all classes, and must justify their absences. More than two unexcused absences will result in a failing grade. Punctuality is also required, and students are expected to be in class for the entire session.


Requests for late-drop must be approved by the Associate Head and will only be considered when there is a strong justification (e.g. a medical emergency).


Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of another writer (copied from books, articles, internet web pages and other sources) without proper attribution. The Department takes cases of plagiarism very seriously and deals severely with students who have been found to have plagiarised their work. Students who have been caught plagiarising will receive an 'F' grade on the assignment concerned and, depending on the severity of the case, may receive an 'F' for the entire course. In the event of repeated offences, student will be placed on academic probation. In some courses students will be required to submit their assignments through Turnitin, a computer programme which automatically checks for plagiarism. In cases where you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism or whether or not you have provided attribution for your sources correctly, you should consult your course instructor or academic advisor.