Academic Misconduct is any action or attempted action that unfairly academically advantages oneself, or academically disadvantages others. It can be committed intentionally or accidentally.
Examples of academic misconduct are using your mobile phone during an exam, but also copying other people’s work without giving them credit as well as submitting work that is not your own, such as work that was purchased - find out more below about types of academic misconduct you may face.
Plagiarism & Self-Plagiarism
Plagiarism is using extensive unacknowledged quotations from, or direct copying of, another person’s work and presenting it for assessment as if it were your own efforts. Self-Plagiarism is including any material which is identical or substantially similar to material which has already been submitted for any other assessment within the University or elsewhere.
Collusion is working with other students (without the tutor’s permission), and presenting similar or identical work for assessment.
Infringement of Examination Room Rules
Communicating with another candidate, passing notes to another candidate, taking notes to your table in the examination room and/or referring to notes during the examination is infringement of examination rules.
Responding to an Academic Misconduct Allegation
If you have received a letter with an allegation of academic misconduct against you, you will have 10 working days to respond to it in writing. If there is a good reason why you feel that you may not be able to meet that deadline, inform the Academic Misconduct Team as soon as possible, explaining why, providing them with supporting evidence and requesting an extension to the deadline if possible.
How can the MDXSU Student Advice team help?
We can help with:
- Explaining the academic misconduct regulations and process
- Advising you on responding to the allegation
- Advising on how to put together a statement to respond to the allegations
- Providing feedback on your statement
- Accompanying you to meetings with the University
- Providing ongoing advice throughout the process
- Advising on appealing the academic misconduct outcome
You contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8411 6450.
Writing your response
Your response to the University should be made in writing and answer the following questions:
- Do you accept or disagree with the allegation, and why?
- Can you explain any discrepancies and referencing errors in your Turnitin report/the circumstances surrounding your infringement of the examination rules?
- Are there any extenuating circumstances that the University should be aware of when making a decision?
- Have you got any evidence to support you?
Your statement along with any relevant evidence and the response form should be sent to the following email address: email@example.com
What happens if I accept the allegation?
There may be a penalty imposed for proven academic misconduct which will depend on the module level, whether this is your first offence or a repeated one, and on the nature of the academic misconduct. Click here for further information on penalties.
What happens if I deny the allegation?
If you deny the allegation and your response is accepted, the case will be dropped and your work marked the way submitted. However, if your explanation is not accepted, it is likely that you will be invited to a Panel of Investigation hearing. This will give you the opportunity to explain why the alleged misconduct happened or why you think you have not done anything wrong. The Panel will then normally tell you their decision before you leave, either choosing to drop the case or apply a penalty.
Avoiding Academic Misconduct
Navigating the academic world is not always easy, but are resources available to help you!
The Learning Enhancement Team (LET)
This team of specialists provide tools and support to help you excel in areas related to Academic Writing, Language, Maths, Stats and Numeracy. They run LET Open Workshops and LET Tutorials, and provide helpful online resources.
Academic Integrity Awareness Course
You can find this under 'My Courses' under the My Learning section in MyUniHub. The course is designed to:
- Identify your strengths and areas of development
- Be aware of positive behaviours and academic expectations
- Recognise the challenges when you study and the consequences of not following University rules and regulations
- Find the support you need for your own development