Academic misconduct involves doing anything that gives you or another student an unfair advantage in an assessment. Below are some of the more common forms of academic misconduct –
- Plagiarism: Plagiarism occurs when one uses the thoughts or words of someone else without giving them proper credit. It can be either a significant portion of a project or just a few lines that are not properly referenced. Intentional or unintentional plagiarism both fall under the category of academic misconduct according to the University's view.
- Collusion: Collusion in academic work refers to the act of two or more students working together to complete an assessment in a manner that is not allowed by the regulations for that particular assessment. This can involve multiple students submitting identical pieces of work, which is prohibited. Additionally, sharing your work with another student can also be considered collusion if it provides that student with an unfair advantage.
- Cheating: Cheating refers to any endeavour to receive or provide aid in any exam or assessment without proper acknowledgement. This can encompass actions such as bringing notes into a closed-book exam or trying to communicate with other students during the exam.
Academic misconduct would also include personation (pretending to be someone else and sitting their exam, or asking someone to pretend to be you); falsification (inventing or distorting data, evidence, references, citations, or experimental results); and deceit (which can cover any other forms of dishonesty intended to give you an advantage).
The University distinguishes between minor and major academic misconduct, as factors such as the gravity of the offence and the circumstances in which it was committed will be considered in distinguishing severity. The penalty applied in each case will be determined by the staff investigating the case or the Academic Misconduct Panel.
If you have been accused of academic misconduct, don't hesitate to get in touch with the Advice Service, and we may be able to support you through any informal or formal procedures.