The consequences of an upheld allegation of academic misconduct

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

If an allegation is upheld against you in coursework by an Academic Conduct Panel (ACP) or in an examination by a Cheating Allegation Panel (CAP) it is important that you understand the sanction and the impact of the sanction on your work and/or your progression on your course of study. You are strongly encouraged to seek advice and guidance to ensure that you learn from your experience to avoid any issues in the future.

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 Standard 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 Student Support Officer for advice. The Students' Union Advice Service is also able to offer free, independent and confidential advice and support.

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