The University have a commitment to academic integrity in its scholarship and research, and therefore takes issues of Academic Misconduct very seriously. Simply, Academic Misconduct relates to any activity taken by a student which might give them an unfair advantage in exams and assessment. Although not a definitive list, this includes things like plagiarism, collusion, self-plagiarism and cheating in exams.
When students fail to meet these academic requirements, they can find themselves in Academic Misconduct proceedings. It is incredibly important that as a student you familiarise yourself with the expectations of the University, and the different types of Academic Misconduct in order to avoid it. The University have a number of services in place to support you to develop skills in areas such as referencing. Engaging with these services if you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with academic expectations is crucial.
Generally, if you are unfamiliar or concerned about any of the University’s expectations of you; whether in referencing your work correctly or concerns ahead of examinations, you should be able to talk with your programme team about how you’re feeling. In addition to offering you reassurance, academic staff should be able to spend time in talking you through ways to prepare and safeguard yourself from issues of Academic Misconduct.
In addition to having open conversations about your concerns, it is good for you to be aware of support you can access from other University services. The Library & Learning Resources team offer InfoSkills sessions which are designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge required to reference appropriately. It is a good idea for you to ask about these sessions. You should leave the session knowing what plagiarism is and should have a good understanding of how to avoid it.
You can also access support from Study Skills sessions from the University’s Student Services department. These support sessions will give you some 1-1 time with staff who can help you to master skills in referencing and upholding high academic standards.
Being accused of Academic Misconduct can be a stressful experience, especially if you are unaware of the mistakes you’ve made. However, if you have been accused and are unsure of what to do, you can contact us for independent advice and support.
In addition to advising you on a likely outcome, we can help to prepare you for any formal panels you may be invited to and can support you throughout the process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org giving an overview of your situation, and one of our staff members will be in touch to offer you help.