I have not conferred or collaborated with anyone in producing this specific assessment*; and
For essay-type assessments or other types of assessments where indicated by the Department, I have clearly cited and referenced the work of others appropriately as stated in the instructions that accompany this assessment; and
All essay-type assessments (if any) I have submitted, while possibly expanding on earlier formative or summative work, do not re-use substantial/verbatim materials I have previously submitted to the School or elsewhere; and
I understand the School has the right to ask me questions about the originality of my work if deemed necessary
*It is acceptable to consult with LSE LIFE for general study skills questions but not questions specific to the content of a particular assessment.”
Please note, if during your online assessment periods you experience technical issues relating to your online assessment(s), contact Tech.Support@lse.ac.uk with the subject heading: Assessment inquiry and course code for support or phone: (+44) 020 7107 5000
DTS Tech Support will be operating weekdays 8am–5.30pm (UK time), excluding UK bank holidays, and Saturday 9am–1pm (UK time) during the assessment period.
Be aware that instructions may differ between courses, even within the same academic department. Instructions may also differ from previous years’ question papers, mock assessments or formative work. You should receive the assessment instructions in advance or posted on the course Moodle page. Pay particular attention to the assessment release and submission date/time, assessment instructions including word limits and recommended time/effort to be spent on the assessment, permitted materials, whether you are allowed to draw on formative work in your answer(s), and referencing requirements.
Seek clarification about anything that appears unclear
If you are unclear about any aspect(s) of the assessment instructions, contact the course convenor, or the designated member of professional services staff in the department teaching the course.
Assemble your permitted materials
Only gather the materials you are allowed to use, which may include lecture slides and recordings, your own class notes, marked homework and their solutions, academic literature, or other specified materials. Unless otherwise stated, you are not allowed to use any other student’s course notes or work. Put any materials that are not included on the permitted materials list for the assessment out of reach to prevent confusion during the assessment.
Make sure you know how to correctly cite and reference any material you use
If you are required to provide references in your answer(s) you should make sure you are familiar with your department’s preferred referencing method and can access guidance on it (if needed) during the assessment. You can also find information about citing and referencing on the LSELIFE Moodle page.
Decide where you are going to complete your assessment
Unless group work or collaboration is expressly permitted, you should take your assessment completely alone. If you are in a hall of residence, cohabiting or live with family, you should find a quiet space where you will not be disturbed, such as your bedroom. To reduce interruptions, let your friends and family know when you will be unavailable.
During every assessment:
Re-read the assessment instructions
Assessment instructions may differ between courses (even within the same department) so this will help ensure that you don’t inadvertently commit academic misconduct.
Check whether you are required to submit any additional assessment components and plan your work accordingly
Some assessments may require you to submit additional components (which do not contribute to the grade) to help demonstrate authorship. Any components will be clearly listed in every set of assessment instructions, but may include rough work, notes, plans, calculations, or a justification of sources. Ensure that you are aware of any such requirements so that you can plan your work, and format your submission document, accordingly.
Do not show or discuss your assessment with anyone else
Unless group work or collaboration is expressly permitted, you should not consult any other person about the content of your assessment. Consider putting your phone on airplane mode while you are working (so that you cannot send or receive messages or phone calls) and sign out of social media accounts or disable notifications.
Do not seek external input or assistance
Do not ask any other person to edit or proofread your work; or submit any ideas or phrasing from another source unless they are appropriately cited. For quantitative assessments, make sure any resources you use (e.g. calculators, specialist software) are allowed for that particular assessment.
Do not reuse your own work
For essay-based assessments, you cannot include any parts of your previous work if it has already been submitted for a different summative assessment. You can only reuse formative work (topics/cases/argument/phrases) if expressly permitted in the assessment instructions.
Add references / citations at the same time as including any external sources
Unless otherwise specified, all essay-based assessments will require you to reference any ideas that you have included from other sources. Add your references in line with the department’s preferred referencing method as you include them in your answer and ring-fence time to double-check them at the end. This will help ensure you do not run out of time to add your references afterwards and get accused of plagiarism if they are missing.
Complete your integrity pledge (if required when submitting your assessment)
You will be asked to accept/tick the academic integrity statement when submitting your assessment. This is to confirm that you have not received any outside help with your assessment and that the work you are submitting is entirely your own.
Make sure to submit all of the required components
Once you have finished your assessment, make sure to submit all of the required components. This may include rough work, notes, plans, calculations, or a justification of sources. All assessment components will be outlined in your assessment instructions.
After every assessment:
Ensure that you remain contactable throughout the summer online assessment period
Some courses may conduct selective or randomised interviews to check that you were the author of your submitted assessment. Monitor your LSE email account at least once a day so that you are prepared to take any further action that may be requested from you. It may also be useful for you to keep any notes or plans you created during the assessment until you have received your results.
Please always save your work to cloud based storages (e.g. OneDrive) as a backup.