Recording lectures and "buying" essays

Request 

Dear Sir / Madam
 
I am writing to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I would be grateful if you could provide a response any, or preferably all, of the following questions. 
 
If only some of the information requested can be released, I would be grateful if you could share as much of the releasable information as possible.

1) Has the institution, or any of its schools or departments, introduced any policies requiring staff to record lectures and/or seminars using digital recording (audio and/or visual) equipment? I would be grateful if you could also include policies where staff can opt-out of recording requirements.

2) If the institution, school or department has introduced any of the policies described above, has it observed any change in attendance at lectures and/or seminars since the policy was introduced? If possible, I would be grateful if you could include attendance figures from the academic year before the policy was introduced, compared to attendance figures from the academic year after the policy was introduced.

3) Has the institution made any assessment of the effect of such policies on its ability to meet immigration and visa compliance obligations, as set out by the Home Office and other relevant enforcement bodies?

4) Does the institution, or any of its schools or departments, have policies in place to identify students who are “buying in” bespoke essays, assignments and other coursework from outside?

5) How many students has the institution identified who are “buying in” such coursework in the last reporting year?

6) What proportion of students described at (5) are International Students?
 
With best wishes
 

Response

Dear Ms..,
 
I write further to your request for information dated 28 March 2019.  This request has been handled by the University in accordance with its duties and obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA"). 
 
You requested details of:
 
1) Has the institution, or any of its schools or departments, introduced any policies requiring staff to record lectures and/or seminars using digital recording (audio and/or visual) equipment? I would be grateful if you could also include policies where staff can opt-out of recording requirements.
Yes
2) If the institution, school or department has introduced any of the policies described above, has it observed any change in attendance at lectures and/or seminars since the policy was introduced? If possible, I would be grateful if you could include attendance figures from the academic year before the policy was introduced, compared to attendance figures from the academic year after the policy was introduced.
Information not held
3) Has the institution made any assessment of the effect of such policies on its ability to meet immigration and visa compliance obligations, as set out by the Home Office and other relevant enforcement bodies?
Information not held
4) Does the institution, or any of its schools or departments, have policies in place to identify students who are “buying in” bespoke essays, assignments and other coursework from outside?
Your request is refused under s.21 FOIA as the information is readily accessible by other means. The information is available on the university website - https://student.londonmet.ac.uk/your-studies/student-administration/rules-and-regulations/academic-misconduct/
5) How many students has the institution identified who are “buying in” such coursework in the last reporting year?
2
6) What proportion of students described at (5) are International Students?
0
 
 
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