LSE is taking additional steps to ensure that academic integrity is maintained throughout the January online assessment period and that any instances of academic misconduct are either prevented or detected.
These include our academic regulations, including the LSE Code of Good Practice and LSE plagiarism regulations.
When you open an assignment, you will be asked to indicate your agreement to abide by and uphold the School’s Code of Good Practice and Integrity as outlined in LSE’s plagiarism regulations, the regulations on assessment offences other than plagiarism, and by any department guidelines. These regulations and the submission statement you will need to sign can be viewed online.
Additional ways we’re upholding academic integrity in January assessments
For January 2021, we are piloting additional methods and checks to ensure academic integrity. These include randomised interviews and selective interviews.
As methods of assessment vary between departments and disciplines, not all departments will be introducing interviews as part of the invigilation process. Your department will let you know by 11 December if they will be using interviews as part of their invigilation process for January assessments.
You will not need to do any additional preparation if your department confirms they will be using interviews to supplement existing academic conduct polices and processes.
Randomised and selective interviews are being used on a trial basis for January 2021. If we extend the process to future assessment periods, we will consult with the LSE community before committing to this.
- Randomised interviews
If your department is running randomised interviews and you are asked to participate in the process, there’s no need to worry. Randomised interviews are exactly that – a random sample of the course cohort will be asked to take part. It does not mean there is any suspicion of academic misconduct amongst selected students.
You are not expected to revise ahead of your interview, and you won’t need to recall exact answers you gave in your assessment. Instead, you’ll just need to show your knowledge of the topic or concepts that you are asked about.
You should not expect your mark to change as the result of a randomised interview. In the unlikely event that the interview leads to a confirmation of academic misconduct, conclusions drawn from the interview may be used as part of the rationale for the application of mark penalties.
- Selective interviews
Selective interviews will enable departments to conduct a thorough interview as part of a wider academic misconduct investigation. Students will only be invited to a selective interview if one or more of the markers are concerned it appears that some or all of your assessment is not your own work.
The selective interview process is an extension of an existing LSE policy, in which these types of interviews were conducted if plagiarism was suspected. Any action that is taken as result of a selective interview will be in accordance with the School’s procedures on academic misconduct.
The outcome of the interview will not lead directly to changes to individual marks. However, any information contained, or conclusions drawn from the interview may be used as part of the rationale for the application of mark penalties if academic misconduct is later confirmed.
Ahead of the January assessment period, you should familiarise yourself with the Online Assessment Procedures for Students, which covers important information about what is expected of you to ensure the academic integrity of your assessments, and what to do if things do not go to plan.