Academic misconduct comes in different forms but the most common are plagiarism (i.e. presenting someone else’s work as you own), falsification of data, collusion or cheating in exams. The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and the best advice is not to do this in the first place. If you are finding a module difficult you should discuss it with teaching staff. If academic misconducted is suspected then:
- Your work may be subject to an investigation
- You may be invited to a viva to discuss the content of your coursework.
- If there is a case to answer then the details will be submitted to the Board of Examiners who will take them into account in grading your work
- If you are found to have committed academic misconduct, an academic penalty may be applied to your grade for the affected module.
- In the most serious cases, you may be called before a Student Academic Misconduct Panel which has the power to impose disciplinary sanctions
- If you are called before a Student Academic Misconduct Panel then the Board of Examiners will not grade your work until it knows the outcome of that Panel and it will take the outcome of that panel into account when grading your work.
- You will be entitled to be accompanied at any investigatory meeting or panels that you are required to attend
- There will be an appeal process in the event of sanctions being imposed
See also the Skills Handbook, which provides more information on the types of academic misconduct and how to avoid them.