Regulations exist for a very good reason: they give examinations and assessment a formal structure that everyone can understand.
Student Identification Cards
An identity card is issued to all IADT students when you register. This card must be carried at all times. The identity card must be produced on demand to any member of the Institute staff or other person authorised by the Institute. The identity card remains the property of the Institute and must be surrendered to the Registrar's Office if a student withdraws from their course of study during the year. If lost, a duplicate card must be obtained from the Office of Academic & Student Affairs. A charge of €10 will be levied for replacement cards.
All students must register their home and term-time address (if this is different from their home address) with the Office of Academic & Student Affairs. Any change must be notified to this office within ten days of such a change taking place.
Attendance & Class/Laboratory Participation
You are required to attend and participate in time-tabled classes, lectures, studio sessions, tutorials and practicals as appropriate to your particular course and stage of study. If you are absent for genuine reasons it is important that you notify the School office without delay, providing medical certificates or other supporting documentation as appropriate. Payment of TLT grants, where appropriate, is conditional on satisfactory attendance and participation. Unsatisfactory attendance/participation may affect your assessment and may result in your assessment/examination result for the year being withheld at the end-of-year Examination Board. Unsatisfactory participation is defined in terms of failure to submit continuous assessment, exercises or projects to a required minimum standard, on time. Unsatisfactory attendance means less than 80% attendance at all scheduled sessions. You are also reminded of the attendance requirements in relation to fulfilling the academic criteria for your course. Please consult course handbooks or handouts for further details. Course Handbooks are available for reference in the Library or from the School Administrator.
Good timekeeping is an essential aspect of professionalism. All students must comply with the starting times for each day or class. Admission to class after start-time will be at the discretion of the Lecturer. Continued late arrival will result in a formal written warning from the Course Co-ordinator with subsequent disciplinary action being taken against persistent offenders.
If you are likely to be absent from your course due to illness, for three or more days, you should advise your course Co-ordinator through the School Administrator at the earliest opportunity. A medical certificate should support absences of three or more days. This is particularly important if you are in receipt of TLT financial support, as uncertified absences may result in a proportional loss of grant support.
Compliance with Course Instructions
Students are required to comply with course instructions issued by their Head of School through the relevant Head of Department and course Co-ordinator. Such instructions will require students to attend studios at specific times, lectures, tutorials, study trips, examinations and other events as deemed necessary, to provide themselves with such books, equipment and other materials as required for the specific course of study and to submit completed projects, essays and dissertations by such dates as may be instructed. All such instructions will be clearly posted at the appropriate point in the course. Students who fail to comply with course instructions may be excluded from the course or withdrawn from subsequent examinations or assessments.
Termination of a Student’s place on a course
Nothing in the foregoing regulations affects the right of the Institute in extreme cases of non-performance of course work to terminate a student’s place on a course. In such cases, termination must be preceded by a period of warning of not less than four weeks. The student has an opportunity to put forward his or her response and to be represented in this process by a person of the student’s choice. Any such formal warning will be issued in writing by the Registrar on the advice of a Head of Department, through the Head of School. At the end of the warning period, the Head of School will submit a report to the Registrar, who will then inform the student in writing that he or she may or may not continue their studies.
Copying from another student or from work previously submitted or direct copying from an unattributed source is academic cheating/plagiarism and is regarded as a very serious offence. It can lead to disqualification or expulsion/suspension from the course. Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s words, idea, arguments, concepts or designs as though they were your own. Plagiarism refers not only to printed or electronically available material (including material available over electronic networks, e.g. Internet), but to intellectual property rights that reside in other media, including images and software. You should always give appropriate acknowledgement to any contribution of others to the shaping of your own thoughts, ideas and arguments. This will include citing the authors/sources of:
- direct quotations that you draw upon,
- works on which you base ideas or which you paraphrase,
- tables, charts, images or other illustrations,
- software and other electronic media in which intellectual property rights may reside.
Your written assignments and projects should always be accompanied by a complete bibliography of sources consulted.