Policies and legal issues
When students register at Imperial College they agree to abide by all of the College regulations. The Exam Offenses and Plagiarism regulations set by the University under the Registry Exam Office state:
"The College may submit your coursework to an external plagiarism detection service, and by registering with the College you are automatically giving your consent for any of your work to be submitted to such a service. Failure to observe these rules may result in an allegation of cheating. Cases of suspected plagiarism will be dealt with under the College's Plagiarism and Examination Offences Policy and may result in penalties being taken against any student found guilty of plagiarism."
The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates how personal data is 'processed'. For any institution to lawfully process personal data, it must satisfy one of the conditions in Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act 1998. These include:
Condition 1: "The data subject has given his consent to the processing."
Condition 6: "(1) The processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the data controller or by the third party or parties to whom the data are disclosed, except where the processing is unwarranted in any particular case by reason of prejudice to the rights and freedoms or legitimate interests of the data subject."
Imperial College London will ask for the student's consent during the registration process when they join Imperial College. If consent is given, condition 1 is fulfilled. Without consent, the institution may still use condition 6 to process the data, on the basis that quality of marking and detection of academic deceit are legitimate interests of the institution.
(Description courtesy of JISC Legal service)