Academic Integrity is fundamental in maintaining the ‘learning community’ within the University, in which students and staff are expected to maintain high standard of academic conduct and professionalism, based on courtesy, honesty and mutual respect. The guidance below details the importance of Academic Integrity, how you can uphold it and how to avoid committing Academic Misconduct.
Academic misconduct is defined as ‘Any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage or disadvantage for any other member(s) of the academic community.’
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 It is never acceptable to use the words of others or their creative output (whether published or unpublished, including material from the internet) without explicit acknowledgement.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.
The below documents provide further guidance about the academic misconduct process following an allegation of academic misconduct.
Request for Review Forms
The below documents relate to requests for review following a notification of a penalty. The 'Request for Review of an Academic Misconduct Decision Form' should be completed and emailed to [email protected] if a student feels the decision falls under one of the grounds stated in 6.1 of section B6: REVIEW PROCEDURE of the Regulations and Procedure.
If an academic member of staff wishes to raise an allegation of suspected academic misconduct, please send an Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form with the required information and evidence to [email protected]
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.
The following are key changes to the student casework regulations for the 2022/23 academic year.