We want you to have all the facts when it comes to Help & Advice, that's why we want to do some myth-busting over some of the most common misconceptions around Help & Advice. Keep reading to find out more.
Myth: My Turnitin score is green, so I can't have committed any Academic Misconduct
Reality: Instead of checking for direct plagiarism in your work, Turnitin scans for similarities. It's common for assignments to have some matches, especially if you've properly quoted and referenced your sources. There is no 'perfect' score in Turnitin. A high score is fine if reference properly and a low score with incorrect or missing referencing can still be academic misconduct.
Myth: I already submitted my work so it's okay to share it with my course mates. They won't copy it, it's just to help them.
Reality: There's a fine line between working collaboratively and collusion. Collusion is where students work together to complete an assessment that should be taken independently. If you share your work with another student and they copy it, everyone involved can be accused of academic misconduct. This is even the case if you're the original author and still counts when paraphrasing is used.
Myth: If I give someone my ideas and only pay for them to write it for me, it's still my work. The company told me they were legitimate and that it was okay.
Reality: Contract cheating is when you get someone else to do your academic work and is considered a form of academic misconduct. Contract cheating involves directly contacting external parties to complete tasks for you. While these services may offer different packages and guarantees that you won't be caught, the quality of these essays and their references are frequently poor.
Myth: I was struggling during the assessment period and just wanted to submit something, rather than nothing. I didn't commit academic misconduct.
Reality: Even if you submit an incomplete assessment just to meet the deadline, it must still be properly referenced. If your ability to submit assessments has been impacted by an event outside of your control, reach out for support from academic staff, your PAT, Firstpoint, or the SU. You could also apply for mitigating circumstances, which will give you an extension or reassessment opportunity.
Myth: All my bills are included in my rent, I don't need to worry about how much energy I use.
Reality: Due to the cost-of-living crisis and the increase in energy prices, many landlords have begun capping the amount of energy included in rent payments. If you breach this limit, you are legally entitled to pay it. We advise taking regular meter reading, once a month on the day your rent is paid, to keep track of your energy usage.
Myth: It's just student housing. If I don't like, want to leave university, or just want to move, I can leave whenever I want.
Reality: Once you've signed your contract, it can be incredibly difficult to get out of it before the end of the fixed term. This means that even if you're not living at the property, you're legally resonsible for paying rent until the end of term. Most of the time, the only way to leave a tenancy agreement early, is to find a suitable tenant to replace you.
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