Academic Misconduct



The University takes academic misconduct very seriously and seeks at all times to rigorously protect its academic standards. Plagiarism, collusion and other forms of cheating constitute academic misconduct, for which there is an explicit range of graduated penalties depending on the particular type of academic misconduct. The penalties that can be applied if academic misconduct is substantiated range from a reprimand to expulsion in very serious cases and for repeated instances of misconduct.

You are also responsible for ensuring that all work submitted is your own and that it is appropriately referenced. The University does not tolerate cheating of any kind. You are strongly advised to familiarise yourself with Section 15 Academic Misconduct Regulations and Procedures (please see below), which list a range of categories of academic misconduct and associated penalties, covering instances of academic misconduct (plagiarism, collusion, exam cheating).

Section 15 Academic Misconduct Regulations and Procedure (2021/22)

Section 15 Academic Misconduct Regulations and Procedure  (2020/21)

From the outset of your studies, you should receive information and guidance on referencing conventions and group work activities and on how to ensure that you do not contravene the University’s Regulations. If you are unsure about referencing, paraphrasing or group work activities, you should seek advice as soon as possible from the Module Tutor, your Academic Tutor, your Academic Mentor or the Students’ Union.



Frequently Asked Questions

If a lecturer establishes evidence of academic misconduct, they are required to submit an allegation to the Student Casework Office. The Student Casework Office reviews allegations on behalf of the University and determines whether there is sufficient evidence to progress them.

If there is not enough evidence to progress the allegation, the Student Casework Office will contact the lecturer who made the allegation and ask whether there is further evidence. If no further evidence is available, or where the Student Casework Office determines that there is still insufficient evidence to progress the allegation, the work concerned will be sent back to the lecturer and a mark will be released.

The Student Casework Office will email you and include a copy of (i) the allegation made against you, (ii) the work concerned, and (iii) the evidence in support of the allegation. For cases of collusion a student will also be sent copies of the work of the other students involved. All subsequent correspondence will be via email to your University email address.

Where the misconduct falls under one of the categories listed in Schedule 1 of the academic misconduct Regulations:

  • Choose to respond to the allegation, and doing so within 10 working days of notification: or
  • choose not to respond to the allegation; however, by not responding, you are accepting the allegation and imposed penalty.

Where the misconduct:  (i) relates to collusion OR (ii) does not clearly fall into one of the University’s categories of academic misconduct:

  • Dispute the allegation and make representations against the level of the penalty to be imposed. Request an oral hearing. If no request for oral hearing is made the case will be considered on the written evidence provided.
  • Accept the allegation and make representations only as to the level of penalty to be imposed;
  • Complete, sign and return the Academic Misconduct Appeal Form attaching any evidence in support to the Student Casework Office. 

It’s your responsibility to ensure that your current contact details are maintained on your Evision account. It is also your responsibility to ensure that you frequently check your University email account.

If on returning from a temporary absence you find that you have been sent a notification of an allegation or a penalty for which the 10 working day deadline has expired, you must contact the Student Casework Office immediately if you wish to respond to the allegation and provide an explanation supported by evidence.


You must notify the Student Casework Office as soon as possible and state why you are unable to attend the scheduled hearing and you may be asked to supply supporting evidence. Please note that work commitments are not normally accepted for full-time students.

You do not need to attend the hearing and the Panel may make a decision in your absence, provided that the Panel is satisfied that you were informed of the date of the hearing and have not given a reasonable excuse (supported by evidence) for your absence.

Requests are normally only permitted on one occasion.

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