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Important information about selling Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) on eBay


Under the University’s Code of Practice for Student Discipline it is an offence to sell TMAs.


Regulation SD1 states:


The University regards the following as disciplinary offences for which penalties may be imposed by the appropriate authority under this code:


SD1.9 Encouraging or enabling plagiarism.  Making available, selling or advertising for sale student work in any form or by any means (print electronic, recording or otherwise) so as to enable plagiarism; whether or not the work includes marks, comments or any other materials produced by a tutor, supervisor or other marker, unless prior consent has been given by the University.


The offence of encouraging or enabling plagiarism includes the act of posting student work on to any public website, whether or not it is done with the intention of enabling or encouraging plagiarism.


Disciplinary action may be taken against students who are found to be in breach of this regulation.


Breaching copyright


eBay listings that include the TMA questions or the scores or feedback comments or The Open University logo are breaching the University’s copyright, and will be reported to eBay for removal.


Buying Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) on eBay


Although students are not breaking any University regulation by buying TMAs on eBay, copying from them in part or in whole is considered plagiarism, and breaks the University’s Code of Practice for Student Discipline - http://www8.open.ac.uk/students/essential-documents/files/essential-docs-pl/file/ecms/web-content/student-discipline.pdf.


Please click this link for The Open University’s Policy on Plagiarism http://www8.open.ac.uk/students/essential-documents/files/essential-docs-pl/file/ecms/web-content/plagiarism.pdf.


The University uses software to help detect plagiarism, and all suspected cases are investigated thoroughly. Disciplinary action may be taken against students whose work contains plagiarised material.


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