- September 15, 2018 at 7:36 pm
Mam as sls should my true experience in making the project that is why I am also discussing about my disability in it.Now the question which I want to ask is when I submit my project this November should I submit my disability certificate and I’d card picture with it or not? Reply me as soon as possible thanks in advanceSeptember 16, 2018 at 10:36 am
Normally allowance for disability for the RAP and the SLS only extends to dyslexia. However if generally there is a particular reason to bring a disability to the marking team’s attention e.g. possibly in relation to challenges in coping with the RAP requirements or the effect of ill health impacting on achieving objectives and you are mentioning these in the SLS then you could include relevant medical documents. This seems to be what you are doing so include the medical certificate as an appendix as evidence of your condition.September 17, 2018 at 8:07 am
Mam I don’t have dyslexia I have a disability due to cerebral palasy should I discuss it in my sls ?October 23, 2018 at 11:16 pm
if you could assist me with this email from my academic officer, it would be highly appreciated. Does this email mean i have passed or failed?
BSc (Hons) Applied Accounting
You have been advised that your recent RAP has been referred to an Academic Conduct Officer because of doubts as to its originality raised during the marking process.
Please find attached a letter, which is self-explanatory. Please respond to my email address. Please do not contact the ACCA office at Oxford Brookes as they are not involved in this process at all and will, therefore, be unable to assist you.
The office will release your results as soon as possible.October 24, 2018 at 7:46 am
It looks like a standard letter when your work has been referred for consideration by the marking team to the Academic Conduct Office. It refers to a second letter “Please find attached a letter, which is self-explanatory. Please respond to my email address” so presumably sets out the details about your referral.
Pending an investigation your result is deferred which means that only after the ACO has completed this investigation will your result be released. So then you will find out whether it has passed or failed. If the investigation shows that you have breached the student academic regulations then a penalty can be imposed dependent on what the infringement was but can be the work is given a ‘zero grade’ which means a fail for everything (but is still counted as a submission attempt). Sometimes too a penalty resubmission fee is imposed -normally double the standard amount so over GBP 600 for the next submissionOctober 24, 2018 at 1:36 pm
the letter states the following :
‘Having closely examined the evidence available to me, i have concluded that the similarities between you and the other student may have been caused by you giving access to your work, which is bad academic practice. However, Im able to inform you that you have been exonerated and i will advising the admin office to release your result.’
Does this mean I can still fail?October 24, 2018 at 2:21 pm
It means precisely what it says – the ACO Officer has decided that this is bad academic practice. Your result will be released – the officer appears not to have changed the grade but until the result is released you will not know whether it is a pass or a fail. (If it is a fail you will be given the marker feedback in the normal way and if it is a pass you will eventually receive your certificate).October 26, 2018 at 2:10 pm
if the project that i submitted in may 2018 failed(because of SLS), can I submit the same project in may 2019 submission obviously with a new SLS instead of submitting it in november 2018 as i do not have funds right now to submit.October 26, 2018 at 11:53 pm
Yes you do not have to resubmit immediately (unless you are about to reach the 10 year expiry date). The report grade will be carried over and therefore you only have to fulfil the SLS requirements and then you will get a full pass. (Unfortunately the full fee is still applicable regardless of what was failed and needs to be resubmitted).November 22, 2018 at 10:28 am
So my result was deferred and after multiple emails to and from my ACO, I have been exonerated as off 15 November 2018.
My ACO also wrote in the same email that my result and feedback would be released in due course.
However no subsequent email from them in the past 7 days. Hence I still dont have my result. Since the OBU portal isn’t working (I cant sign in), is there any other place where I can get my result from?
Still dont know if its a Pass or Fail. :/November 22, 2018 at 5:14 pm
You will not be ble to access it because as you say the whole system is down.
You could email the ACO and ask them nicely if it passed or failed – having been an ACO myself I normally knew the grade. Though I doubt they would have access to the feedback, they might be prepared to tell you whether it passed or failed.December 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm
Terephena due to internet problem my submission email was late by one minute I want to ask will it cause me a problem or not also should I contact University on this matter please help I need guidanceDecember 21, 2018 at 11:05 pm
Unfortunately the University, like many businesses in the UK is now closed until 2 January so no one can give you a definitive answer. I would have thought that if it is only one minute then you will probably be OK. However it is not my decision so you will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org in January and see what they say.December 22, 2018 at 8:03 am
Thanks mam for response I am relieved to some extent because I talked with my mentor also he is saying submission by email is not new and on last time when it happened one of his students was some minute late and he got his result and I am in a much better condition because I am only one minute late he is pretty sure that nothing bad will happen and according to him I should not write an email to them if they contact me or refund my fee than i response both of theseare highly unlikely because obu will not waste a student effort just for one minute delay because it will hurt the university reputation and also demoralize students like me furthermore according to you one minute delay is probably ok so I think I should wait for the university to contact me I will post further if I am contacted by the universityMay 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm
Terephena and others thanks for helping me during my problematic times I will never forget the guidance you guys provided me now today I got my result in which they congratulated me for completing bsc that’s why I am very happy may God bless you guys and you guys keep on doing good work you are doingMay 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm
Hi Terephena i need your help ma’am. today i received my result and it has been withheld. One of my friends have told me result can also be withheld if the files have different author and modified by names. my files have this issue because i started writing my research report on my office laptop which is not under my name then i used to save those files as draft in my email and continue working on them from home at night from my brother’s laptop which is again unfortunately not under my name. Now i am really really sad and confused.
please tell me if you have ever heard about such cases before? i am pretty certain i can defend any plagiarism claim. but if this is the reason of my withhelding, all my hard work could go in vain..May 15, 2019 at 4:54 am
it is very unfortunate that students have to go through this. From my observation many dissertations which are defferred are later on passed or exonerated from academic misconduct. Personally, this is why I have always chosen primary source researches.May 15, 2019 at 6:16 amMay 15, 2019 at 7:26 am
There can be a number of reasons why work is deferred. Turnitin the electronic checking program may have identified identical passages with the work of another student. Sometimes Presentations and spreadsheets are so similar it may arouse suspicion and sometimes primary data shows signs of being fake. All of these or a combination of them can lead to a deferral and you will just have to wait and see the evidence and answer the questions the Academic Conduct Officer asks you.
Deferred work will have been looked at by at least a couple of senior markers who have considered that there seems to be a case to answer. Until you receive further info there is no point speculatingMay 15, 2019 at 7:29 am
tinaboy -yes it is unfortunate but the sad fact is that some students cheat and copy. How would you feel if you had been working hard, missed sleep and really made lots of personal sacrifices to do your work honestly but someone else either got their disreputable mentor to write the lot fior them, or actually commissioned a writing service to do the whole report – but still walked away with the degree?
I WAS an academic conduct officer and saw first hand lots of disreputable behaviour by both students and mentors. I even had several students stripped of the degree because I could prove the work was so identical it was mostly done by one person (their mentor) who is now banned.
Primary data is also often made up – again I had a mentor in Cameroon blacklisted because he was churning out different reports on totally fictitious companies that students were paying him to write for them.
Don’t you think it is sad that cheating is so prevalent these days that Universities around the world have to spend billions on fraud prevention rather than invest in teaching? These costs are necessary to preserve the integrity of the educational system and their degree programmes. Turnitin and electronic checking programs exist because they are needed otherwise the copying rates and degrees awarded to cheats would be through the roof!
Yes it is unfortunate when innocent students get caught up in the system but better overall for honest students who know that efforts to catch cheats actually can work and the guilty perpetrators are punishedMay 30, 2019 at 8:24 am
how much time do they take to reply? more than two weeks have already passed and i am here dying from anxiety now. has anyone been contacted by ACO yet?May 30, 2019 at 9:26 am
They will usually contact you within a month of the results with some preliminary details. It can take from a few days to a couple of months for the ACO to reach a decision on the case depending on the severity of the breach and whether the evidence is disputed.
As a former Academic Conduct Officer myself, I wanted to clear up cases as quickly as possible however if a student was arguing in the face of incontrovertible evidence it would prolong the issue.June 19, 2019 at 7:27 am
Hi Gillian, More than a month has passed and no email yet from ACO or OBU. is this normal?June 19, 2019 at 12:35 pm
Is this normal? Well yes and no! Unfortunately you are an ongoing victim of the ‘Curse of Period 37’ – which you will recall delayed everything.
Normally you would have been informed of your result in March. During the lull in marking (from then until the end of May) the senior markers who are Academic Conduct Officers would be investigating the referred work such as yours. However now Period 38 marking is taking place, and therefore this will have slowed the process down – as obviously they cannot do both at the same time…. (as no doubt they are having to switch between the two).
However you are quite within your rights to make enquiries and ask when your case will be dealt. You should have at least had an introductory email from your particular academic conduct officer apologising for the day, so in that sense – no it is not normal to have waited a month and received nothing at all.
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