Academic Misconduct

What is it?

Academic Misconduct includes all forms of cheating. This can vary from copying someone else’s work to bringing unauthorised materials into the exam room to gain an unfair advantage at an exam. It can relate to both coursework or examination, whether written, oral or practical. 

Examples of academic misconduct include:

  • Plagiarism

  • Collusion

  • Cheating

  • Commissioning

  • Self-plagiarism

  • Impersonating someone else at an exam

Academic Misconduct is taken very seriously by the university and dependent on the gravity of the allegation. The penalties can vary from capping of an assessment to expulsion in very serious cases and for repeated instances of misconduct.

Have a look at the pages dedicated to each case on the side for more information in 

It is your responsibility to ensure you submit your own work, reference and paraphrase correctly, and do not share your work with others. 


What to do if accused of Academic Misconduct?

Once formally notified by the University, please email our us at

When emailing about an academic misconduct allegation, please include:

  • All correspondence you have received about the allegation

  • Any supporting evidence you may have

An Adviser will then contact you to discuss the allegation and the options available to you. 


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