Exam conduct and behaviour

You need to be aware of our exam rules as breaking any of them is a serious matter. 

Check what you're allowed to bring to your exam. Arrive early so you have plenty of time find your room and seat and get prepared. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late, you will not be able to sit the exam.

Once the exam starts you will not be able to leave the room in the first 30 minutes or the last 15 minutes. Toilet breaks are allowed and will be monitored by staff.

What you’re not allowed to do in exams

During an exam you are not allowed to do any of the following things. These activities are considered cheating and misconduct:

  • plagiarising
  • copying from other students
  • taking unauthorised or inappropriate aids or materials into an exam
  • accessing the internet
  • writing notes in dictionaries and other texts (including in another language)
  • stealing a copy of an exam
  • letting someone else sit the exam for you
  • communicating with another student (e.g. hand signals or talking)
  • borrowing or lending materials to another student.

If your exam supervisor sees any misconduct, you will be allowed to finish the exam. However, any material believed to be unauthorised will be confiscated.

You may be refused entry to the exam room, or be asked to leave, if you fail to give the exam supervisor materials which they believe are unauthorised.

Any misconduct during an exam will be formally reported to the examination officer, who will record the incident and send a warning letter or initiate an investigation.

Exam supervisors are there to ensure the exam is conducted fairly and appropriately. To avoid potential penalties, you'll need to obey their instructions. 

Penalties for exam misconduct

If an investigation reveals reasonable evidence that a student has engaged in exam misconduct, the penalties are severe and can include cancellation of results and exclusion from the course.

Possible sanctions for academic misconduct are detailed in the Student Academic Misconduct Regulations.