Academic misconduct – its impact and consequences

If it has been determined that you have engaged in academic misconduct, it's important that you understand the sanction and the impact, and that you seek advice and guidance to ensure that you learn from your experience to avoid any issues in the future.

You should familiarise yourself with the University Academic Misconduct Policy


A range of criteria are used to set a sanction, such as level of study, the extent of the misconduct and whether academic misconduct has occurred previously. Sanctions for academic misconduct range from being given a warning, to failing a module, to having all marks capped at a level or even being withdrawn. A record of the offence will also be kept on your  file for the duration of the course of study and may have consequences for further study or employment.

Impact and consequences

The sanctions may have an impact on your results profile and progression opportunities, and may also have consequences for further study or employment.

You may not be allowed further assessment opportunities in the current academic year when the academic misconduct took place and may need to do further study before you are able to progress to the next level. It may mean that you cannot progress with your cohort and you may need to take a year out and switch your mode of study to part-time to redeem failed assessments.

If you are studying at levels 5, 6 and 7, an academic misconduct sanction could negatively impact on your final degree classification due to modules being capped at the minimum pass mark. The University's assessment regulations outline how degree classifications are calculated.

If your marks are capped due to academic misconduct, you are in effect lowering your final degree classification which in turn could impact on your ability to apply for further study or employment opportunities.

In summary, by engaging in academic misconduct you are devaluing your academic award and future potential.

Advice and guidance

If you do not understand the implications of receiving a sanction, please contact your Module Leader for advice. Your faculty may also have information about academic misconduct which is normally distributed at induction. If you need a copy, please ask your academic tutors.

You are strongly advised to access the support available, detailed under How to avoid academic misconduct, on the Academic misconduct and plagiarism page.

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