Guidance on investigations into accusations of student misconduct, and the role of College and School Officers in these procedures.
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.
Please watch the short informative video below which will help guide students to achieve academic sucess and avoid plagiarism in all its forms at the University.
The University has procedures to investigate suspected cases of poor scholarship and academic misconduct. These establish roles at both College and School levels to deal with any suspected cases of plagiarism or cheating.
Our Expectations for your Academic Writing
Knowing what is expected in academic work will help you demonstrate good academic practice and avoid problems such as academic misconduct. Plagiarism is the most common form of student academic misconduct and includes using the words, images & other media, or ideas & structure from the work of others, without acknowledgment.
Understanding the following general expectations is a good place to start and will help avoid plagiarism. Your Programme of study may also supplement this with more specific guidance in relation to your subject area.
What can and can’t I do?’
Can I use a proofreader?
Students are normally permitted to engage a third-party person called a proofreader to make suggestions for minor changes in order to improve the readability of written English in an assignment prior to submission; this process is called proofreading. A proofreader can be a friend, family member, paid professional or company. The Proofreading Guidance provides more inforrmation.
What is Turnitin? Is it a plagiarism checker?
Further information on Turnitin and how it works can be found in the Turnitin Guidance.
Can I use a ghostwriting service/essay mill?
The use of a ghostwriting service or an essay mill is referred to as ‘Contract Cheating’ and this constitutes plagiarism. Please read the guidance below which explains what contract cheating is and the potential implications of using such services.
College Academic Misconduct Officer
The College Academic Misconduct Officer is responsible for investigating suspected cases of academic misconduct in students' assessed work. They determine whether there has been an offence, if a penalty should be applied to the assessment, or if the offence is serious enough to proceed to a disciplinary hearing.
The College Academic Misconduct Officer (CAMO) is the main point of contact for academic misconduct within the College.
College academic misconduct panel
Under the University regulations and procedures each College has an academic misconduct panel. Where necessary, the panel interviews students whose assessments are under investigation. The panel's membership is:
- the College Academic Misconduct Officer (CAMO)
- a School Academic Misconduct Officer (SAMO)
- and a College notetaker
The SAMO who interviews the student with the CAMO will not usually be from the student's own School, nor from the School from which the allegation arises. Occasionally, the SAMO from the student's School or a subject expert may be invited to give evidence but will not form part of the panel.
Support for students
Academic Advisers at the Students’ Association Advice Place can advise and support students whose work is under investigation for suspected academic misconduct. Their service is independent and confidential. They can be contacted by email at email@example.com.