1. (R) It is academic misconduct for any student in the course of any assessment to engage in one or more of the following activities:

  1. Failing to comply with the Rules for the Conduct of Students in Assessments (set out in Section 6 of the GAR). .
  2. Failing to comply with the Rules for the Conduct of Students in Examination Halls (set out in Section 7 of the GAR).
  3. Assisting another student to gain an advantage by unfair means, or receiving such assistance, for example by collusion, by impersonation or the passing off of one individual's work as another's. This includes undeclared failure to contribute to group coursework assignments.
  4. Misleading the examiners by the fabrication or falsification of data.
  5. Plagiarism, which is defined by the University as 'submitting work as the student's own of which the student is not the author'. This includes failure to acknowledge clearly and explicitly the ideas, words or work of another person whether these are published or unpublished.
  6. Engaging in any other activity likely to give an unfair advantage to any student.

2. (R) A student must certify, when submitting work for assessment, that the work is his/her own. Students are referred to the Coursework Submission and Statement of Academic Honesty Form

3. (SP) An offence of academic misconduct will be defined as Minor or Major depending on its seriousness. Minor Offences shall be considered by the Head of Department of the Faculty of the student (the relevant Head of Department). Major Offences shall be considered by the Faculty Academic Misconduct Committee.

4. (R) Any decision made in accordance with the regulations on academic misconduct shall not be overturned subsequently by a Programme Examination Board under any circumstances.

Definition and Jurisdiction

Minor Offences


5. (R) An incident shall be deemed to be a Minor Offence of academic misconduct if it relates to work for assessment not undertaken in an Examination Hall, and if the nature of the incident together with the circumstances of the student make appropriate a relatively limited penalty

6. (R) Except for the Preparatory Year, a student suspected of committing a Minor Offence will automatically be referred for action under the Major Offence procedure if s/he has previously been found guilty of any offence of academic misconduct. In the case of a Preparatory Year student, referral for action under the Major Offence procedure will be applied only exceptionally at the discretion of the relevant Dean.

7. (R) The relevant Head of Department is empowered to consider charges of Minor Offences against students and to levy penalties as specified in paragraph 14.33 in the GAR.

Major Offences


8. (R) An incident shall normally be deemed to be a Major Offence of academic misconduct if it relates to an assessment undertaken in an Examination Hall, or to other assessed work where the nature of the incident together with the circumstances of the student make appropriate a substantial penalty. Except for the Preparatory Year, if a student has been found guilty of a previous offence of academic misconduct, the case shall be designated a Major Offence. In the case of a Preparatory Year student referral for action under the Major Offences procedure will be applied only exceptionally at the discretion of the relevant Dean. Final interpretation of the offence of academic misconduct as a Major Offence shall be the responsibility of the Dean in consultation with the Registrar.

9. (R) Major Offences shall be considered by the Faculty Academic Misconduct Committee of the student's home Faculty. The Committee shall be appointed by the Dean on an annual basis with the following constitution:

  • Three academic members of the Faculty, including the Dean, who shall act as Chair.
  • One member of the BUE Students' Union (SU) Board nominated by the SU President.
  • where requested, one member of any validating institute, except at P level.

The Registrar has the right to attend the Committee.
No individual who has a conflict of interest with the case to be heard may serve on the Faculty Academic Misconduct Committee or act as its Secretary.

Procedures


10. (SP) Offences committed in the Preparatory Year are cumulative (i.e. an offence in Semester One will affect the consideration of a further offence during the year – see 14.6 in the GAR) but do not carry into Degree Year 1. In Degree Year 1 and all other years offences are cumulative.

Minor Offences

11. (SP) A case which appears to academic staff to suggest that a student has committed an act of academic misconduct shall be reported immediately to the Dean, through the Head of Department with a recommendation of whether it constitutes a minor or major offence

The Dean shall consider whether or not there is a prima facie case to answer. Where the Dean considers the incident to constitute a Major Offence, s/he shall consult the Registrar. If it is considered the case is a Major Offence, the Dean shall refer the matter to the Faculty Academic Misconduct Committee. If it is considered the case is a Minor Offence, the Dean shall refer the matter to the relevant Head of Department.

12. (SP The relevant Head of Department shall decide whether any action shall be taken under the procedures for Minor Offences.

13. (SP) Where the Registrar has been consulted, s/he shall advise the relevant Dean either to refer the case for action under the Major Offences procedure set out in paragraphs 14.19 to 14.31 in the GAR, or to refer the case for action under the Minor Offences procedure.

14. (SP) Students shall be notified in writing of alleged Minor Offences by the relevant Head of Department/Dean. Students shall be invited to admit or deny the allegation, have the right to see the evidence against them and to defend themselves in writing and/or in person, and may be accompanied by an individual of their own choosing. Any written defence or request to be heard in person, including the name and status of any accompanying individual, must be received by the relevant Head of Department within five working days of the notification of the alleged misconduct.

15. (SP) Having taken into account the evidence and the defence, if any, the relevant Head of Department shall decide whether the student is guilty of the offence, and if so, the appropriate penalty under paragraph 10.31 in the GAR. The student (and Q&V) shall be notified in writing of the relevant Head of Department's decision and of the penalty, if one is to be applied, within ten working days of the student being notified of the allegation. S/he shall also be notified of the right of appeal under paragraph 14.16 in the GAR.

Penalties


33. (SP) Guidance on the penalties for plagiarism is available online, including how to assess the seriousness of the offence and apply the appropriate penalty.

Minor


34. Where a student is found guilty of a Minor Offence, the relevant Head of Department shall:

  1. issue a formal reprimand and;
  2. be empowered to impose a penalty including the reduction by any amount of any or all of the marks obtained by the student in the module concerned depending on the seriousness of the offence;
  3. and, where satisfactory completion can be assured, require the completion of an Academic Honesty Awareness Task.

Major


35. Where a student is found guilty of academic misconduct, the Faculty Academic Misconduct Committee shall:

  1. issue a formal reprimand and;
  2. be empowered to impose a penalty including the reduction by any amount of any or all of the marks obtained by the student in any module in the current year of the student's programme depending on the seriousness of the offence and can include:
  • The withdrawal of a reassessment opportunity in any module/s in the current year of the student's programme.
  • To cap any mark achieved by the student in any module in the current year of the student's programme.
  • The immediate termination of the student's studies in the University.

     iii.and, where satisfactory completion can be assured, require the completion of an Academic Honesty Awareness Task.