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Academic misconduct

Includes cheating, plagiarism and all other categories as defined below

It will be regarded as academic misconduct for any candidate to commit an act whereby he or she seeks to obtain for himself/herself, or for another candidate, an unfair advantage. Academic misconduct shall be taken to include the acts defined in 31. Table 1: Penalties for Academic Misconduct (2019/20 Academic Regulations), and will attract the penalties correspondingly set out in 31. Table 1: Penalties for Academic Misconduct (2019/20 Academic Regulations). All references in these Regulations to academic misconduct will be taken as acts that fall within the definitions set out in 31. Table 1: Penalties for Academic Misconduct (2019/20 Academic Regulations).

Students should be aware that the consequences of a finding of academic misconduct can be severe and could result in the student being withdrawn from the University.

A student may not present extenuating circumstances in mitigation of any type of academic misconduct.

If there is a finding of academic misconduct against a student for two or more assessments at one time (known as a ‘multiple referral’), penalties will be applied as follows:

i. For the first finding of a multiple referral, a mark of zero with a right of resit for each assessment referred.

ii. For a second finding of a multiple referral, each successive assessment within the referral shall have sequential penalties applied according to the tariff in 31. Table 1: Penalties for Academic Misconduct (2019/20 Academic Regulations), i.e. the first assessment shall be penalised with a mark of zero with no right of resit, and the second assessment shall be penalised with termination of the student’s programme of study.

iii. In cases where a student has a previous single finding of academic misconduct, a further finding that comprises a multiple referral will be sequentially penalised according to ii above.

Any student whose programme of study has been terminated by the University Examination Board on the recommendation of an Academic Misconduct Panel due to a third finding of academic misconduct, or a finding of misconduct on their independent study module, will not be eligible to transfer their credits to another programme of the University, or to be accepted on to another programme of the University in any capacity. This does not include any student whose programme has been terminated as a result of a second finding of academic misconduct on a core module.

The tariff of penalties will be applied in strict accordance with the nature of the academic misconduct that has been found, and the number of previous findings.


Please note: information on this page comes directly from the 2019/20 Academic Regulations. Please refer to this document for further information.