Academic Misconduct (AMP)

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct is deemed to cover cheating, attempts to cheat, plagiarism, collusion and any other attempts to gain an unfair advantage in assessments.  Assessment includes all forms of written work (including in-class tests), e-assessments, presentations, demonstrations, viva voces, accreditation of prior learning portfolios and all forms of examination.

It is the responsibility of the School to provide students with clear guidance and instruction early in the programme, on the appropriate preparation and presentation of work. Guidance should include the University’s definition of academic misconduct, with examples. Guidance on how to approach coursework should be included, with particular reference to the incorporation and use of source material e.g. information sourced from the WWW, the appropriate use of quotations, references, bibliography etc.

Students should also be provided with clear information about approved group work, so that there is no ambiguity between group work and collusion.

The guidance must clearly indicate that all types of academic misconduct are considered to be serious, noting that plagiarism and collusion are considered to be no less serious than cheating in a conventional examination. The guidance should also indicate the likely consequence of and penalties associated with academic misconduct.  Penalties can range from the reduction of module marks to expulsion from the University.

It is the responsibility of the student to take reasonable precautions to guard against unauthorised access by others to his/her work, both before and after assessment.


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