Academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise.
This includes plagiarism, collusion, falsification, deceit, cheating and personation. The University takes all reported incidences of academic misconduct seriously and seeks to ensure that they are dealt with efficiently and appropriately.
The University is aware that there are currently a number of companies which provide essay and assignment writing services for students for a fee. Submitting work obtained through employing any such services is regarded as cheating and is a form of academic misconduct. Any student found to have cheated in this way will be subject to the University's disciplinary procedures.
Academic misconduct procedure
All forms of academic misconduct are regarded as an offence and are punishable under the University’s Code of Student Conduct. The University has a network of School and College Academic Misconduct Officers (SAMOS/CAMOS) who are responsible for investigating suspected cases at School or College level, and for determining appropriate penalties.
College Academic Misconduct Officers are:
- College of Humanities & Social Science: Professor Tonks Fawcett (acting)
- College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine: Professor Sarah Howie
- College of Science & Engineering: Dr Heather McQueen (to be Dr Richard Blythe from 2016/17)
Examples of academic misconduct
- Plagiarism is the most common and best known example of academic misconduct, and is increasingly a problem within higher education. Plagiarism is the presentation of another person’s work as the student’s own, without proper acknowledgement of the source, with or without the creator’s permission, intentionally or unintentionally.
- Collusion is a form of plagiarism. It is an unauthorised and unattributed collaboration of students in a piece of assessed work.
- Falsification is an attempt to present fictitious or distorted data, evidence, references, citations, or experimental results, and/or to knowingly make use of such material.
- Cheating is any attempt to obtain or to give assistance in an examination or an assessment without due acknowledgement. This includes submitting work which is not one's own.
- Deceit is dishonesty in order to achieve advantage. For example, by resubmitting one’s own previously assessed work.
- Personation is the assumption of the identity of another person with intent to deceive or gain unfair advantage.