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University Language Centre

Information for registered students

Keeping in touch

Since students come from a wide variety of different departments, it may not be obvious where to find staff or relevant notice boards. Tutors will give you information as to how to contact them, which you may also find in Blackboard or in the staff pages.

Please attend all your classes and check Blackboard regularly for messages. Important information about written and oral examinations, course work and so on will be given to you by your tutor, during class time.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the theft or use of someone else's work without proper acknowledgement, presenting the material as if it were one's own. Plagiarism is a serious academic offence and the consequences are severe.

Coursework, dissertations and essays submitted for assessment must be the student's own work, unless in the case of group projects a joint effort is expected and is indicated as such. Unacknowledged direct copying from the work of another person, or the close paraphrasing of somebody else's work, is called plagiarism and is a serious offence, equated with cheating in examinations. This applies to copying both from other students' work and from published sources such as books, reports or journal articles. Plagiarised material may originate from any source. It is as serious to use material from the World Wide Web or from a computer based encyclopaedia or literature archive as it is to use material from a printed source if it is not properly acknowledged. Use of quotations or data from the work of others is entirely acceptable, and is often very valuable provided that the source of the quotation or data is given.

Plagiarism is a serious offence and will always result in imposition of a penalty.

Mitigating circumstances

If you miss a test/exam, or hand in a piece of work late and have a valid, demonstrable reason, you are advised to complete a mitigating circumstances form.

The LEAP Mitigating Circumstances panel will meet as soon as possible after the deadline in each semester (see form) and inform students of its decision as soon as possible. If your submission is accepted, the missed component or penalty will be discarded/waived and not taken into account when calculating the overall mark. Note that as a general rule the test/exam will not be re-scheduled; however, in some instances - e.g if the value of the missed component represents too high a percentage of the overall mark - the panel may decide to ask the student to take the test/exam at a later date.

Facilities for language learning within the Language Centre

The Language Centre Open Learning Facilities are located in the basement of the South Wing of the Samuel Alexander building.

As part of your independent learning programme, you will have to use these facilities, which include satellite television, internet, foreign language films and videos, cassettes and CDs. You may also record directly from the video facilities. There is a recording room available for recording yourself. For more information, access the Language Centre resources web pages. It is a good idea to read these pages frequently, as the site is updated regularly.

Support for students with disabilities

The Disability Advisory and Support Service (DASS) provides support for current and prospective students who may need additional support. Please register with the Service to see what support they can provide.

Complaints 

If you are able, please talk to your class tutor about any concerns in the first instance. If you would prefer not to discuss it with your tutor, please contact the LEAP Director, John Morley using the email below:

If you are still not satisfied after discussion with the Director, you may proceed with formal complaint procedures.