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.

Turnitin is a database of academic sources, student papers and websites which your work can be checked against. Any work you upload for assessment purposes may be put through this service.

When you submit work through Turnitin you should receive an originality report, detailing how much of your work's content was matched with the resource database. Find out how to interpret this report...

Initially, you will be invited to a meeting to discuss the allegation...

Academic Conduct Panels make decisions arising from investigations into cheating or misconduct, and any consequent sanctions, and inform Subject Assessment Boards accordingly.

Cheating Allegation Panels (CAPs) review allegations regarding cheating in examinations.

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) or Cheating Allegation Panel (CAP) will decide on a suitable sanction.

You have the right to appeal any decision reached by an Academic Conduct Panel or Cheating Allegation 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.

If you believe a fellow student has engaged in unfair practice in an assessment, you should raise your concern(s) directly with the Module Leader or your Student Support Officer.