Academic misconduct is any form of cheating or fraudulent activity in relation to assessments. The university treats this offence very seriously, and takes every precaution to detect it

Types of academic misconduct

Collusion is the preparation or production of work for assessment jointly with another person or persons unless explicitly permitted by the assessment itself.

Examples of Collusion:

  • You have an individual assignment and you complete the work jointly with one or more other students, handing in almost identical assignments.

  • You lend your assignment to another student(s). Even if you intended for them to use it as a guide and did not want them to copy your work, this still counts as collusion.

  • You get together with one or more other student(s) to plan for your individual assignment. This joint preparatory work might include discussing how to structure your assignments, which cases to refer to, and which sources and references to list. Even if you go on to complete your assignment relatively independently after the discussion, the submitted work may still reveal enough similarities to be considered collusion.

  • You are part of a group assignment and you or any member of the group shares submitted work with another group. In this instance, all students involved will be reported for collusion.
Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's work as if it were your own. This can even happen accidentally if you have not referenced your work properly.

Examples of Plagiarism:

  • You use a quote, idea, structures, judgment or images from another person or source without clear referencing. It could look like you are trying to pretend you came up with the work yourself.

  • You ask someone else to write an assignment for you, or pay for an essay online.

  • If you use your old essays when writing a new one, and don't reference them properly it will look like you are trying to present old work as something new. This is also known as Self-Plagiarism.
An examination offence is any act whereby you obtain, or attempt to obtain, an unpermitted advantage - whether for yourself or for someone else in an exam.

Examples of Exam offences:

  • You obtain, or attempt to obtain, access to exam papers before the exam.

  • You take with you into the exam and/or use any unpermitted tools and sources. For example: books, notes, papers, or devices of any kind other than those specifically permitted in the instructions of the paper.
  • You copy or attempt to copy the work of another student in the exam (which includes asking another student for information)

  • You do not follow the invigilators’ instructions or the instructions printed on the exam answer booklet

  • You remove an exam answer booklet from an exam room (whether the booklet is completed or not)

  • You take the exam on another student’s behalf, or someone takes the exam on your behalf

How to appeal an Academic Misconduct offence?

Complete Academic Misconduct Appeal Form

Submit the above completed form with your supporting documentary evidence to the Academic Standards Manager within 10 working days of the publication of the decision which is being appealed.documents.

How can we help you?

  1. We can help you understand the Academic Misconduct Appeal process and give you guidance on whether you have grounds for making an appeal.
  2. We can help you with completing the form and checking that you have the appropriate evidence to support your appeal.