Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct

How we can help

We are independent from the University and can guide you regardless of whether you admit or deny the offence. If you would like to speak more to somone about how we can help - then please do get in touch via lsuadvice@lsu.co.uk as we are happy to help where we can! 

We can provide general advice on the process for responding to notificiations of both minor and major academic misconduct, as well as the process for appealing outcomes of meetings. We will be able to provide our best and most specific advice to you once you have sent us the notification letter and evidence (e.g. TurnItIn report or invigilator statement) you have received.

We are trained in writing and checking through any letters you wish to send to the committee in your defence. If you choose to defend yourself in person, you are allowed to be accompanied by a person of your choice, in appropriate cases this could be one of our advisors.

email for loughborough students - Lsuadvice@lsu.co.uk

Email for London students - LSULondonadvice@lsu.co.uk
 

If you would like to speak to someone in person or on the phone then please book an appointment with us. To do so, please email us with an overview of your enquiry, any documents that are relevant and also your availability. Appointments will normally last no longer than 30 minutes. If you believe that you will require more time than this, please let us know. 
 

Loughborough students can Call us on 01509 635 072.

london students can call us on 02038051364

 What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct covers a number of activities, including failure to comply with the exam rules of conduct and plagiarising someone else’s work. There’s a full definition in the Student Handbook and further information is available in the University Regulations.

There are two types of academic misconduct - minor and major offences and both have different procedures for dealing with allegations.

Please visit our page about the exam rules for information on how to avoid academic misconduct in exams and our page on plagiarism and referencing for how to avoid this type of misconduct.

 

 

Minor

Major

Example

Normally in relation to coursework assessment (e.g. plagiarism) but can be used in other circumstances.

Serious misconduct including exam hall offences or a second offence.

Procedure

Dealt with by your department. You will be invited to admit or deny the allegation and to defend yourself in writing and in person.

These are considered by the Academic Misconduct Committee. You will be invited to admit or deny the allegation and to defend yourself in writing and in person at your hearing.

Response

Any written response, along with the name of any accompanying individual, and of any persons to be called as witnesses must be received by the Secretary to the MAMC at least 24 hours before the time of the meeting. 

(Please refer to the timescales given in your letter and consult with us if you see a problem) 

Any written response, along with the name and status of any accompanying individual, and of any persons to be called as witnesses must be received by the Secretary at least 7 working days before the date of the meeting.

(Please refer to the timescales given in your letter and consult with us if you see a problem)  

Click here for full University information on academic misconduct.