a pope, two proctors, and an assessor

All in one day.

Last week smoke rising from the Sheldonian indicated  that this year’s triumvirate of Proctors and Assessor demitted and a new set were installed. The demitting Proctors deliver a jointly authored address which includes notes on their work this year.

At the Turnitin User group the previous day, a question had been asked as to how many cases of plagiariasm are dealt with each year at Oxford.  The number and nature which make it all the way to the Proctors were reported:

Academic misconduct (including plagiarism): 26 (18)
“6 cases were carried forward from the previous proctorial year. The Proctors referred 1 case concerning a former student to the Registrar. In 2 cases, the Proctors concluded their investigation without allegations being brought against the students concerned. In 1 case, the Student Disciplinary Panel directed that the Examiners should award a mark of zero to the particular (plagiarised) work. The panel imposed a marks penalty and permitted the candidate to resubmit under specified conditions. 2 cases are ongoing.

In 1 case a student who appeared before the Student Disciplinary Panel in the previousproctorial year subsequently applied forbut was refused leave to appeal against the decision of the Student Disciplinary Panel to expel him/her from the University. In 2 cases, the Student Disciplinary Panel directed that the Examiners should award marks of zero to the particular (plagiarised) work. The candidates were permitted to re-submit particular work under specified conditions.

In 2 cases, the Student Disciplinary Panel directed that the Examiners should award the (plagiarised) work marks of zero which resulted in the candidates failing their examination. Both candidates were permitted to re-enter the examination under specified conditions and with a marks penalty.

In 1 case, the Student Disciplinary Panel directed that the Examiners should fail the (plagiarised) work, with the effect that the candidate failed the examination.

In 1 case, the Student Disciplinary Panel directed that the candidate was permitted to re-enter the examination under specified conditions.

In 4 cases, where the Proctors were satisfied that candidates had not intentionally or recklessly breached the Proctors’ Disciplinary Regulations for University Examinations in respect of work which they submitted for examination, the Proctors decided that these cases could be dealt with more appropriately within the normal academic process.

In 2 cases, where the students had withdrawn from the University, the Proctors have closed the files without invoking disciplinary proceedings. 1 case has been referred to the Student Disciplinary Panel. In 1 case, the Proctors concluded the investigation without allegations being brought against the student concerned.

12 cases are ongoing.”

Other notes of interest in the address include:  A mention of the IT Services merger;

“it will take at least a year before the process of integrating these is fully achieved. We welcome this move, and wish the University’s Chief Information Officer every success. The scale of the task should not be underestimated, given the different cultures and working practices of the three departments. The University and colleges become ever more dependent on IT to support their work.”

A reminder that OUP are not just a cash cow;

“The University too needs to review its relationship with what is, after all, one of
its departments, albeit one which could grow to match or even exceed the size of the rest of the University. OUP is not simply an income-generating operation, but a part of the University’s academic enterprise with a global reach.”

And a  ‘there be dragons’ style  mention of MOOCs

“Just the latest to exercise those in the upper echelons of the University are MOOCs, which sound like some primeval megalosaurus whiffling though the tulgy wood, but are actually Massive Open Online Courses. The question, which I leave to wiser heads, is whether MOOCs are manxome foes to be sought out vorpal sword in hand, or opportunities to be embraced as a beamish boy.”

The whole thing can be read here Oration by the demitting Proctors and
Assessor

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