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Student Conduct and Appeals Office

Academic Misconduct

The university takes examination and assessment offences very seriously, and sets out the procedures for dealing with any such allegations in the G27 Misconduct Regulation and the Local Academic Misconduct Procedure (LAMP).

Students should familairse themselves with the Academic Honesty & Integrity Policy, and the Student Guidance on this policy. Student are also directed to the university's Proof Reading Policy

Suspected Misconduct

Any instances of suspected misconduct should be reported as soon as possible to Student Conduct & Appeals. 

First instances of suspected academic offences will be dealt with by the Faculty using the Local Academic Misconduct Procedure (LAMP) with the option to refer sufficiently serious cases to a Misconduct Committee at the discretion of the Assessment Sub-Board. All further (e.g. second) offences will be considered by a Misconduct Committee. Staff and students should refer to our General Misconduct Guidance document in the first instance for further information, and contact us for further queries.

Cases can be referred under LAMP, or directly to a Misconduct Committee - please see applicable guidance document on the right for more information.

LAMP

If a student's work is suspected to include plagiairism, or show evidence of unauthorised collusion, the Faculty will invite the student for a meeting to discuss the work. The student will be alerted to the problems identified with the work and will receive information about good academic practice including referencing. 

If both parties agree that plagiairsm/collusion has taken place, the student will receive a penalty and no further action will be taken. If agreement cannot be reached, the matter will be referred to a Misconduct Committee.

Further information, including the penalty, can be found in the Guidance documents on the right. 

Misconduct Committee

Where a Misconduct Committee is convened, the student shall normally receive at least 10 days' notice, and will be invited to present their case to the Committee. An appropriate staff member will present the case against the student on behalf of the university. The Committee will determine whether the charge(s) of misconduct have been substantiated; where it concludes that the charge(s) is/are upheld, it may order one or more of the measures available to it under the G27 Misconduct Regulation

Following the Committee's findings, the university may refer the case to the Faculty, or to a professional, statutory or regulatory body, in accordance with Regulation G29 Fitness for registration and fitness to practise Regulation.

The decision of the Committee will normally be communicated to the student and examiners within 7 days of the decision.

Further guidance about Committee procedures can be found here.

Appeal

A student may appeal against the findings or order(s) of a Misconduct Committee.  An appeal must be submitted on a Misconduct Appeal Form to Student Conduct & Appeals within 10 working days of the written notification of the Misconduct Committee's decision.

In accordance with the G27 Regulation, the Principal will allow an appeal to be heard, if s/he is satisfied that one or both of the following grounds are met:

(a) That there is new evidence that could not have been, or for good reason was not, made available at the time of the hearing, and sufficient evidence remains that the appeal warrants further consideration;

(b) That evidence can be produced of significant procedural error on the part of the College before or during the hearing, and sufficient evidence remains that the appeal warrants further consideration.

(c) Any other grounds, including grounds of compassion

The Principal will determine whether the criteria for an appeal have been met. Where they have, an Appeal Committee will be convened; otherwise the appeal will be dismissed. This decision will normally be communicated within 30 working days of receipt of the appeal.

Where an Appeal Committee is convened, the student shall normally receive at least 10 working days' notice of the hearing, and will be invited to present their case to the Panel. The Committee will determine whether there is sufficient reason to challenge the decision of the original Misconduct Committee; where it concludes such reason is present, they can modify or reverse the findings or order(s) of the Misconduct Committee. The decision of the Committee will normally be communicated to the student and relevant staff within 5 working days of the decision.

Further guidance about Committee procedures can be found here.

Office of the Independent Adjudicator

When all internal procedures are complete, students may request an independent review of their case by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education ('OIA'), if they remain dissatisfied with the College’s final outcome.

Guidance and Support Documents

For staff: you can find further guidance and information in the Staff guidance on Academic Honesty & Integrity. If you are making a referral, please complete the Misconduct Referral Form and provide the relevant documentation to support the referral. 

For students: you can find further guidance and information in the Student Guidance on Academic Honesty & Integrity. You can also find further information in the FAQs page.

 

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