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 It is never acceptable to use the words of others or their creative output (whether published or unpublished, including material from the internet) without explicit acknowledgement.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 and online training guide

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 Integrity Statement for Students

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.

Procedural Flowcharts

  • Academic Misconduct Process English | Cymraeg

Previous years' regulations are available on request from the Student Casework Unit. Please email: [email protected]

Further Documentation

  • Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form English | Welsh
  • Continuation Sheet for Allegation of Academic Misconduct Form English | Welsh
  • Please see Annex 1 of the Academic Misconduct Regulations and Procedure 2021-22 for the Tariff of Penalties for Taught Courses
  • Tariff of Penalties for Research Degrees English | Welsh

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 the central Student Administration campus team:

Request for Review

  • Request for Review of an Academic Misconduct Decision Form English | Cymraeg
  • Guidance Notes for Request for Review of an Academic Misconduct Decision Form English | Cymraeg
  • Third Party Evidence Consent Form English | Cymraeg

Students should send their Request for Review of an Academic Decision Form to [email protected]

The following are key changes to the student casework regulations for the 2021/22 academic year.  

  • Removal of reference to Dubai campus and removal of specific reference to distance learning (section A1 1.2)
  • Change of reference from Associate Registrar: Student Casework to Head of Student Casework (sections A, B and C)
  • Change of reference from Student Administration to the Student Casework Unit’s Academic Misconduct team as appropriate (sections A, B and C)
  • Clarification that matters could be dealt with via Student Conduct Procedure or Fitness to Practise Procedure (section A4 4.4)
  • Update to the membership of the Academic Integrity Committee to include a member from USW partner institutions and a member from IT Services (section B7)
  • Clarification - students are always referred to the Student Development and Study Skills Service following an outcome of poor academic practice, removal of ambiguity (section B4 4.5)
  • Change of ‘Quercus Plus’ to ‘student record system’ to make it clearer to students (Tariff of Penalties)

Please note that there is a derogation to the Academic Misconduct Procedure 2021-2022 for all UNICAF students studying USW degrees. Please see here for further details. 

UNICAF tutors please use this version of the UNICAF Academic Misconduct Allegation Form

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 English | Welsh