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Academic Misconduct

The University is committed to working in partnership with students. We will support you to develop the understanding and skills needed to maintain the academic integrity of your work. We will help you to gain confidence in expressing your own thoughts in your own voice. In return, we require you to take responsibility for the integrity of your work. We expect that all work will meet the University’s standards for academic integrity.

We believe that without academic integrity, your education would be devalued. This means that the University has a duty to help all its members to do the right thing. We have an equal duty, however, to ensure that nobody gains an unfair advantage in any assessment. We will, therefore, investigate cases of suspected academic misconduct and take appropriate action against anyone who breaches our integrity standards.

The Academic Misconduct Procedure applies to all taught elements of programmes of study at the University, including undergraduate programmes, taught postgraduate study and taught elements of research degrees.

The following are academic offences under the Procedure:

  • Cheating in in-person University examinations
  • Plagiarism
  • Re-use of own work
  • Collusion
  • Fabricated Coursework
  • Assessment Malpractice
  • Grievous Academic Misconduct

The full procedure, which provides a definition of these offences, details of the investigation process, and the potential penalties where a student is found to have committed an offence after the investigation has been completed can be found here:

Academic Misconduct Procedure (applicable from 2023-24)

Academic Misconduct Appeal Forms:



Postgraduate Researchers:

For all non-taught elements of a research degree, please see the Procedure for investigation plagiarism by postgraduate researchers

Please contact Doctoral College Operations for guidance on the process for investigation of academic misconduct by postgraduate researchers.


Cheating, Plagiarism, Fraudulent or Fabricated Coursework and Malpractice in University Examinations and Assessments (CPFFM) Procedure

The CPFFM procedure, which has been replaced by the Academic Misconduct procedure for 2023-34, will remain in use for all assessments completed and submitted in the 2022-23 academic session (including the August 2023 re-sit period) and earlier academic years.

CPFFM Procedure (Pre-2023-24)

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Annex 2

Annex 3