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Plagiarism policy

If a student submits an assignment that contains work that is not their own, without indicating this to the marker (acknowledging your sources), they are committing ‘plagiarism’ and this is an offence.

Submitting work that has been done by someone else and persistent borrowing of other people’s work without citation are obvious instances of plagiarism and are regarded as cheating. Copying answers from social networking sites is cheating. Paying for work from other sources and submitting it as your own is also cheating. It is intellectually dishonest to cheat and thus give one student an unfair advantage over others.

Passing on an assignment to others, with the knowledge that another student may plagiarise the assignment will also lead to a penalty.

The policy includes a description of the use of text comparison software by the University.

Policy for ensuring the safety of children and vulnerable/ protected adults at The OU

The Open University is open to all. This includes children and young people who are under 18 and vulnerable/protected adults and adults at risk. In line with current legislation and guidance in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the University recognises that it has a duty of care in creating a safe environment for the above groups for their studies or employment, and, by working with appropriate external agencies, is committed to ensure that they are safeguarded and protected from harm.

Policy on the Retention of Alumni Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the University’s retention of alumni personal data.

Policy on the Retention of Student Data and Records

This policy defines the principles, time periods, mechanisms and responsibilities for the university’s retention of student personal data. The university Retention Schedule sets out the agreed timeframe for the retention of all student personal data and records.

Policy, computing

This document sets out the University’s Student Computing Policy which includes Health and Safety advice for using your computer, our principles for online communication, guidance on using social networking tools, and the Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools and content.

Appendix 1: Using your computer safely

Appendix 2: The Open University Online Communications Principles

Appendix 3: Using Social Media: Policy for OU Students

Appendix 4: Terms and conditions governing the use of software, tools, and content

Prevent principles

As an institution of higher education, the OU has an important role in providing appropriate platforms to challenge extremist views and ideologies through the provision of learning and research and the protection of academic freedom and promotion of free speech, debate and liberal values. Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism is synonymous with our concern for student and staff welfare and wellbeing. These factors and other important aspects of our response are contained in a set of OU Prevent Principles agreed by The Council November 2015.

The OU has taken steps to meet the requirements of the legislation by identifying where the risks of people being drawn into terrorism might arise and by amending policies and procedures to address these risks.

If you are a student, a member of staff or an associate of the University and you believe that you are being targeted in any way to being drawn into extremism or to being radicalised or you observe this occurring in any Open University environment, please contact the OU Prevent Co-ordinator for confidential advice on how to deal with the matter.

Preventing terrorism

As an institution of higher education, the OU has an important role in providing appropriate platforms to challenge extremist views and ideologies through the provision of learning and research and the protection of academic freedom and promotion of free speech, debate and liberal values. Preventing people from being drawn into terrorism is synonymous with our concern for student and staff welfare and wellbeing. These factors and other important aspects of our response are contained in a set of OU Prevent Principles agreed by The Council November 2015.

The OU has taken steps to meet the requirements of the legislation by identifying where the risks of people being drawn into terrorism might arise and by amending policies and procedures to address these risks.

If you are a student, a member of staff or an associate of the University and you believe that you are being targeted in any way to being drawn into extremism or to being radicalised or you observe this occurring in any Open University environment, please contact the OU Prevent Co-ordinator for confidential advice on how to deal with the matter.

Previous registration policies

If you want to look up policy documents from earlier years’ study

This section applies if you wish to see the rules and regulations that apply to a module you are currently studying which began before 1 August 2018, or to a module/qualification you have completed.

To see the regulations that apply to a module you are currently studying which started before 1 August 2018, click on the link for 2017/18. If you have not yet completed a module you started before 1 August 2017, you should still use the link for 2017/18.

To see the module regulations for a completed module, click on the link for the academic year in which you started study of that module.

To see the qualification regulations for a qualification which you have completed, click on the link for the academic year in which you completed your final module for that qualification. If you completed your qualification with an award of credit transfer click on the link for the academic year in which the credit transfer was awarded.

2017/18 (For modules which started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018)
Fee Rules (show/hide)
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2017/18 (199KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2017/18 (206KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 and 2017/18 (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 and 2017/18 (34KB) (applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students) - Please note that this policy applies to all students, except those eligible for the additional year of discounted fees in 2017/18 who should instead refer to the Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16.

    This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.

2016/17 (For modules which started between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017)
Fee Rules (show/hide)
  • Fee Rules (Undergraduate Study) 2016/17 (410KB) - This document is for all undergraduate students, other than those students who are eligible for transitional arrangements, who are studying modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of an undergraduate qualification or an integrated masters degree.
  • Fee Rules (Postgraduate) 2016/17 (194KB) - This document is for students studying postgraduate modules that start between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 either as a standalone course or as part of a postgraduate qualification.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy from the Academic Year 2016/17 and 2017/18 (125KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules from the Academic Year 2016/17 and 2017/18 (34KB) (applies to undergraduate and postgraduate students) - Please note that this policy applies to all students, except those eligible for transitional fee arrangements in 2016/17 who should instead refer to the Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 (94KB) (applies only to undergraduate students eligible for transitional fee arrangements in 2016/17).

    These document set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.

2015/16 (For modules which started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016)
  • Conditions of Registration 2015/16 (299KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2015/16 (351KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee credits you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Academic Regulations (Taught Courses) from 2016 onwards (499KB) - This document sets out the regulations that you have to meet to become and remain a student of The Open University, to be awarded academic credit for your study, to count that credit towards Open University taught qualifications and for the award and classification of those qualifications.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking (show/hide)

    The Assessment banking rules set out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking'.

2014/15 (For modules which started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015)
  • Conditions of Registration 2014/15 (205KB) - This document sets out the general conditions of registration that apply to your study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2014/15 (708KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2014 and 31 July 2015. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2014/15 (231KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2014/15 (251KB) - The Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2014/15 to 2015/16 (94KB) (applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate students) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2013/14 (For modules which started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014)
  • Conditions of Registration - These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2013/14 (228KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2012 - 14 (143KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2012 - 14 (229KB) - These Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2012/13 to 2013/14 Archived document (300KB) (applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate students) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.
2012/13 (For modules which started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013)
  • Conditions of Registration - These documents set out the general conditions of registration that apply to students’ study with The Open University.
  • Fee Rules 2012/13 (245KB) - This document is for students studying modules that started between 1 August 2012 and 31 July 2013. It sets out the rules we apply to work out the fees you may have to pay to study with The Open University, including eligibility for transitional arrangements (where applicable), and the fee refunds or fee discounts you may be eligible for if there is a change in your study plans.
  • Student Regulations 2012 - 14 (143KB) - These regulations define the basis of the registration agreement between students and the University.
  • Module Regulations 2012 - 14 (229KB) - These Module Regulations set out the rules that apply if you have:
    • registered for a module which you are not studying as part of a qualification;
    • enrolled for a module which you are studying as part of a qualification that you have registered for;
    • registered for a module and you are studying that module as part of a qualification for which you have declared a qualification intention.
  • Qualification Regulations - These regulations set out the rules that apply if you wish to study for and be awarded an Open University qualification.
  • Admission of Applicants under the Age of 18 (264KB) - This document sets out the University's policy for the admission of applicants under the age of 18 and includes the admissions process for applicants under the age of 16.
  • Code of Practice for Student Assessment (135KB) - This document sets out the rules that apply to the assessment of assignments, examinations and other assessment tasks, including arrangements for students with disabilities and additional requirements, special circumstances and the University’s rules on plagiarism and other academic misconduct.
  • Code of Practice for Student Discipline (135KB) - Under statute 16(23) of our Charter, we must have a Code of Practice for Student Discipline. The aim of this code is to make sure that we maintain academic standards and provide an appropriate learning environment.
  • Deferrals and Withdrawals Policy 2012/13 to 2015/16 (171KB) - This document explains the rules that apply if you want to defer or withdraw from your studies or want to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Cancellation Procedure (163KB) - This document explains the procedure you must follow to defer or withdraw from your studies or to change your choice of module or qualification.
  • Assessment Banking Rules 2012/13 to 2013/14 Archived document (300KB) (applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate students) - This document sets out the conditions you will have to meet if, when you defer a module, you wish to retain the scores from assessments you have completed, carry these forward to a future presentation of the same module, and complete the assessment requirements during that future presentation. This process is called 'assessment banking’.

Privacy Notice

The Open University needs to collect and process personal data in order to provide services to students, manage its operations effectively, and meet legal requirements.

The University has a new Student Privacy Notice, which replaces the Data Protection Policy.

The Student Privacy notice sets out how we use your personal data. A summary document is provided for quick reference. 

For certain kinds of student, we carry out additional actions with their personal data. These are detailed in the following supplementary privacy notices

For more information, see How the OU uses student data.

Procedure for Complaints about The OU Students Association (OUSA)

The procedure for any student who wishes to raise a complaint or concern about any aspect of OUSA’s operation or services is available from the ‘Download Resources’ area of the OUSA website http://www.open.ac.uk/ousa/

The procedure, required under Section 22 (m) of the Education Act 1994, for an independent person appointed by the Open University Council to investigate and report on complaints against OUSA, is set out in Section 5 of the Student Complaints and Appeals procedure.

 

Public Interest Disclosure (Whistleblowing)

This Public Interest Disclosure policy provides guidance to staff and students wishing to raise their reasonable suspicions about irregularities in the running of the University or of the activities of colleagues within the University.  It is in line with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 and explains what steps can be taken if there are any concerns.

The guidance does not replace the University’s existing policies and procedures in relation to grievances, harassment, disciplinary matters or student complaints. Further information is given about situations where injustices or discrimination affect an individual personally, or where there is suspected fraud or financial irregularities.