Academic Misconduct

Understanding how to use the work of other scholars, including peers, to develop your own insights into a subject is an important professional skill. The University expects you to follow professional academic conventions. It is never acceptable to use the words of others or their creative output (whether published or unpublished, including material from the internet) without explicit acknowledgement. To do so would not be seen as a mark of respect but as academic misconduct. Additionally, it is not acceptable for you to submit work which you have either put out to tender or bought, either ‘off the shelf’ or specifically written, and submit it as your own work, this is known as contract cheating.

The University takes cases of academic misconduct extremely seriously and seeks to ensure that they are dealt with efficiently and appropriately. The University’s approach to academic misconduct is to develop learning and understanding, without prejudice, depending on the severity of the offence. View our Academic Misconduct - Frequently Asked Questions.

Further advice and guidance on academic integrity and academic misconduct are available from your module tutors, the Students’ Union and the Student Development and Study Skills Service.

Previous year's regulations are available on request from the Student Casework Unit. Please email:

Further Documentation

  • Suspected Academic Misconduct Coversheet English
  • Continuation Sheet for Suspected Academic Misconduct Coversheet English
  • Tariff of Penalties for Academic Misconduct (First and Lesser Offences) English
  • Tariff of Penalties for Academic Misconduct (Second and Serious Offences) English
  • Tariff of Penalties for Research Degrees English 

Request for Review

The following are key changes to the student casework regulations for the 2018/19 academic year. All regulations have been updated to include reference to the Dubai Campus where appropriate.

  • Academic Misconduct Officers (AMOs) will consider straightforward cases of academic misconduct.
  • AMOs will be the nominees of each Dean of Faculty.
  • The introduction of an Academic Misconduct Board comprised of ten members of academic staff at Academic Subject Manager level or above from across the institution/RWCMD, nominated by the Deans of Faculty/Principal of College. Members of Academic Misconduct Panels will be drawn from members of the University’s Academic Misconduct Board and will consider complex cases of academic misconduct. 
  • Academic Registry staff will continue to provide training and administrative support for AMOs and the Academic Misconduct Panels. 
  • A support group will be set up through Teams on Office 365 and termly meetings arranged to facilitate consistency of practice. 
  • Clarification of the process when referring cases between the Academic Misconduct Regulations and the Fitness to Practise Regulations.
  • The addition of a penalty to cap all modules at the pass mark and remove the penalty to cancel all module marks at the current stage.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have now replaced the Data Protection Act. An explanation of how the University will use your data can be found here and in the Communication Plan above. Please note that in accordance with GDPR Regulations any third party supporting evidence will only be accepted if it is accompanied by a completed Third Party Consent Form. 


Examples of academic misconduct are:

  • Plagiarism – when students take someone else’s work and pass them off as their own.
  • Cheating – when students act dishonestly or unfairly before, during or after an examination or test in order to gain an advantage, or assist another student to do so.
  • Contract cheating – when students put out to tender or buy an essay or assignment
  • Falsification – when students falsify information or theories and make use of them within an assignment.
  • Recycling – when students submit a piece of work which has already been used in one context and is then used again in another.
  • Collusion – when students work together on an individual assignment and submit the work as their own. 

Please find further information on examples of academic misconduct here.