If you are alleged to have committed academic misconduct, make sure to contact the Research, Representation and Welfare Team (RRW) as soon as possible so we can offer you advice, and support you at committee investigation meetings.
Academic misconduct can take many forms. Examples include (but are not restricted to):
We will focus on just two; plagiarism and bringing unauthorised material into an examination.
Very often, students who are accused of plagiarism did not intend to plagiarise, but poor time-management skills may mean that students rush their work and so fail to check that they have referenced their work appropriately. This will be picked up by Turnitin, a specially designed IT software package which helps academics to detect plagiarism. Cutting corners when referencing can lead to serious problems with your progression in a module or course. Penalties for plagiarism include:
If an exam is ‘restricted’, students are allowed to use certain limited specified materials (named texts/instruments) in the examination. These limited materials will be detailed in the instructions and/or rules on the examination paper.
Full details of the examination regulations for students are available here.
However, if the matter is not a first breach of the assessment regulations or deemed a serious breach or you do not accept the allegation then an investigation into the matter will take place.
In which case, you will be sent notification in writing within 5 working days that the case is under investigation. You will need to respond with a written statement within 10 working days of receiving the notification of the investigation. If you do not reply or you accept the allegation the Chair in consultation with the Student Regulation Office shall determine the most appropriate outcome. You will have the opportunity to present your case in person at an interview. You may be accompanied by a another student, the Student Union’s Welfare Adviser, or a member of University Staff
The three valid grounds of appeal, as stated in the regulations, are:
1. There is new evidence which was not previously available and which has a direct bearing on the case against the student;
2. There has been material procedural irregularity in the conduct of the examination and/or the assessment offences procedures; or
3. There has been procedural unfairness in the conduct of the examination and assessment offences procedures.
There is a deadline of 10 working days after a decision has been made for you to lodge your appeal. As such, you should contact the RRW team as soon as possible to obtain advice and support in appealing an academic misconduct decision.