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The firm hand of discipline – Over 200 students faced disciplinary action last year.

UCD has issued more disciplinary proceedings against its students than any other third level institution in the county, doctor the College Tribune can reveal.

For the 2013/2014 academic year a total of 216 students faced disciplinary action according to information released under the Freedom of Information Act.
It was revealed that most of the action was taken against students was in relation to cheating or breaking of the rules.

136 students were disciplined for general rule breaking; while a further 30 students were sanctioned in relation to cheating in exams. An additional 34 students allegedly brought banned materials into exam halls, sale such as notes and mobile phones. The university is also dealing with a further 4 cases of plagiarism.
“All members of the University community are expected to act responsibly at all times, to observe and abide by the Regulations of the University, and not to engage in any activity which might bring the good name of the University into disrepute,” stated a spokesperson for the university when contacted in regard to UCD’s high disciplinary rate.

The spokesperson went on to say that “on joining the UCD student community, all students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the student code which inter alia comprehensively outlines the type of acts that constitute breaches of discipline, and the procedures in place for attending to any such breaches,”

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