Support with academic misconduct investigations

You should seek impartial advice and support from the Students’ Union Advice Centre if you are suspected of being involved in Academic Misconduct.

SECTION 10: Academic Misconduct


10.1 Regulation Introduction

10.1.1 You are expected to maintain a high standard of academic integrity throughout your studies and this includes promoting honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

10.1.2 You must respect other members of the academic community, both within and outside the University, and uphold the academic integrity values of that community when producing work. It is your responsibility to ensure that any work you have presented or submitted for credit is your own. If you work collaboratively with others or they give you their opinions, you must acknowledge and reference that in your own work. Failure to meet these standards can result in allegations of academic misconduct being brought against you.

10.1.3 Academic misconduct is when students gain an unfair advantage in the work they submit for credit. Examples might include cheating, collusion, falsification, fabrication, contract cheating, impersonation, recycling, ethical misconduct, inappropriate sharing of work and plagiarism.

10.1.4 We provide services, guidance and information to help you develop your academic skills so that you know how to avoid academic misconduct. For example, we provide a training module that you are required to complete successfully in the early stages of your studies. This aims to support you in understanding how to accurately reference and provides examples of good and bad academic practice and the potential penalties associated with being found guilty of academic misconduct. Where you have failed to complete the mandatory training, this may be taken into account when considering the allegation of academic misconduct and be an aggravating factor in determining an outcome. 

10.1.5 We strongly recommend that you use our services and read the guidance carefully because academic misconduct is a serious matter.

10.1.6 This regulation and associated procedures explain how we manage allegations of academic misconduct and what you can expect if an allegation is brought against you.

10.1.7 If we decide to investigate an allegation of academic misconduct then we expect you to be honest and truthful. We make decisions based on the balance of probabilities and we may apply more severe penalties if we find that you have not been honest and truthful during the investigations.

10.1.8 If we find that you have breached the university’s regulations on academic misconduct then we will apply a penalty. Penalties will only be applied to summative work.

10.1.9 You may not submit a claim for Extenuating Circumstances for an assessment that has a proven allegation of Academic Misconduct

10.1.10 If an allegation(s) is upheld after you have been awarded credit or graduated, any credit, degree or other award may be revoked by the Academic Misconduct Panel (AMP).

10.1.11  An upheld allegation may be referred to the Fitness to Practise procedure for any students on professionally regulated courses.