Academic Misconduct

Academic misconduct

How we can help

Within Student Voice we offer a free, confidential and impartial advice service through which we can support you with responding to any allegation of academic misconduct. 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 our Consultants can help - then please do get in touch via voiceadvisor@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 academic misconduct, as well as the process for appealing outcomes of meetings. However we will be able to provide our best and most specific advice to you once you have sent us the notification and evidence (e.g. TurnItIn report or invigilator statement) you have received.

Our Student Consultants are trained in writing and checking through defence letters. If you choose to defend yourself in person, you are allowed to be accompanied by a person of your choice, who could be a Student Consultant.

 What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct is any activity that is likely to give you an unfair advantage in an assessment, such as plagiarism or having notes in your exam. 

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

 

 

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 Student Voice 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 Student Voice if you see a problem)  

Click here for full University information on academic misconduct.