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What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct is any type of cheating that occurs in relation to a formal academic exercise.

The University takes all reported incidences of academic misconduct seriously and seeks to ensure that they are dealt with efficiently and appropriately.

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.

What plagiarism is and how to avoid it.


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.