March 26, 2014 at 6:56 am
If you have received notification that your result is deferred pending an ACO investigation, it is as well to remember that a significant percentage of results are withheld initially. There can be many reasons why, so you should not panic unless you know that you have been involved in copying, collusion and serious plagiarism (the Type 2 sort as indicated in the FAQs on our OBU Forum Homepage).
Although you are desperate to know how you did, any university is equally desperate to protect its reputation and standing and cannot risk conferring a degree on any student whose work is open to question. This means that if there has been the slightest hint that the student has infringed the rules or the work they have presented may not be their own then it must be investigated further. All of this takes time as the number of cases at the end of the marking period apparently could run into several hundred. So although it is disappointing and frustrating that you are ‘left in limbo’ pending the outcome of a preliminary investigation, provided you have done your research and analysis yourself and written your work then you should not worry unduly. It may take a month or so but ultimately you should find that the investigation has been satisfactorily completed and your will get your result.
However if you have attempted to cheat and your results are withheld then it is likely that the University is “on the case”.
As the Forum Moderator I have in the past received ‘begging letters’ from students asking for my help and advice, as too late in the day they realise, when they are caught that they should not have cheated. I am usually sympathetic to most student problems but this is one where I am not prepared to go as I have repeatedly warned students that they must do their work themselves. Any underhand method to secure a degree is reprehensible, so my answer now is: “You got yourself into this mess, now get yourself out of it!”
For anyone out there who is feeling smug because you think you have been so smart to outwit Turnitin
(a) you may be in for a nasty surprise (there are more ways than just Turnitin that are used by universities to discover plagiarism and collusion) and
(b) how come if you are that smart you couldn’t do the work for yourself in the first place?
Please see my article on the Academic Conduct Office (ACO) on our OBU home page for further information.
Trephena – OBU Forum ModeratorMarch 26, 2014 at 6:56 am
I submitted my project in Nov,2013 period 27 and was anxiously waiting for my result today but got really upset when I saw that my result has been deferred and project has been referred to academic conduct officer.
I am very stressed as I did my project myself and didn’t copy.
Can anyone help me that what will happen after this?
What are the chances of getting my result?how long do they take?
I hope I pass it.
looking forward towards your replies..
BTW bunch of congrates to those who passed it.March 26, 2014 at 7:05 am
same happened with me i m frustrated with all this whats the point of all the hard work. Most of the material in my project was taken from the internet and really nowadays we dont require any other mean to take the information from its all in the netMarch 26, 2014 at 7:40 am
I hope someone helps us who has experienced this in past
I really am very up set..March 26, 2014 at 8:55 am
I am utterly disappointed with my result being deferred too. Worked really hard to complete it word by word my own creation but still got referred academic conduct officer. I wonder is there any chance of getting a pass grade after investigation is over? Has anyone ever got passed after that.March 26, 2014 at 9:00 am
They say academic conduct officer will contact us within one month but this whole process can take three months or even more. Is there anyone who previously had this experience please guide us.March 26, 2014 at 9:22 am
Here is what happens to us next guys. Read page 6 point 7.3 it’s regarding passing after investigationMarch 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm
May i know what was ur topic?March 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm
If you failed, fill out this form:
Lets collect the results and see if we can work out all the reasons for failure. I’m doing this so that when I submit in November, I improve my chances as much as possible by learning from others.March 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm
It was topic 8..
Have u passed?
Do u know anyone who ever faced such problem?March 26, 2014 at 3:30 pm
Me too got deferred and my mentor say it is ok. Just random spot check.March 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm
Me too my project has been referred to ACO, was eager to see my result but now quite stressed.
I did my own work, i did topic 8.March 26, 2014 at 4:31 pm
We just can pray and wait.
Hope for the bestMarch 26, 2014 at 5:26 pm
Who was your mentor?
May i pls knowMarch 26, 2014 at 6:22 pm
turnitin has noted that your content and some other content either from internet or past submitted raps are matching, matching doesn’t means copying pasting. Now human eye will check whether this matching is just coincidence or act of plagiarism. If it is not plagiarism your RAP will be marked pass. So good hope of passing.March 26, 2014 at 6:42 pm
The chances is 50:50.A mail would be sent to you and you would be required to answer such mail.You will need to dig into your archive to get copies of the minutes of meetings you had with your mentor.Also soft copies of the materials of the used as well as scanned copies of the hard copies.
I have handled issues like this on behalf of students in the past.But you must have done the work yourself.March 27, 2014 at 12:13 am
I dont have minutes. But I am sure 100% done by myself & fully reference.March 27, 2014 at 9:17 am
I plan to submit in november. and yes a person who is facing the same problem.
I wish u best of luck!March 27, 2014 at 9:35 am
I have the same issue!…. i dont understand why they are torturing us!…April 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm
Any one got any reply from ACO?April 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm
No i have not yet received any response. Did anyone have any feedback?April 4, 2014 at 5:45 am
May ALLAH help us n pass us.
Please share if the ACO contacts anyone of u
I surely will
All the bestApril 4, 2014 at 9:40 am
these ppl are ridiculous!…. they have the projects from nov … its 6mths now!…April 4, 2014 at 11:39 am
True thatApril 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm
yes…………..thanks god i got email from oxford conduct officer that my project is passed……………good luck to those who are waiting………..
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