Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct is any action, attempted action or omission that may result in you gaining an unfair advantage over other students in an assessment, where there is evidence to demonstrate that your actions or behaviour arose from an intention to deceive the marker.

The Code of Academic Conduct is a statement which outlines the University's expectations regarding the ethical standards for assessments.

Follow our simple guidelines to avoid academic misconduct.

If your tutor has concerns over the authorship of your work and thinks that another person (or artificial intelligence) has created the assignment which you have submitted, you may be invited to a preliminary meeting.

If a tutor or exam invigilator is concerned that your work might show evidence of misconduct (e.g. plagiarism, falsified data, collusion, unacknowledged use of artificial intelligence), they will submit an allegation which explains their concerns, and which will be accompanied by evidence.

An Academic Conduct Panel (ACP) makes decisions on allegations of student academic misconduct.

Academic misconduct is a very serious matter; should you receive a sanction for your behaviour or actions this could have a material impact on your progression or award.

Should an allegation that you have breached the Code of Academic Conduct be upheld, the Academic Conduct Panel (ACP) will decide on a suitable sanction.

You have the right to appeal any decision reached by an Academic Conduct Panel and request that the decision be reviewed.

An Academic Concern Meeting is held to discuss concerns over an item of coursework.

Poor academic practice may arise from a lack of understanding of how to produce a piece of academic work or to sit an examination.