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Types of Academic Misconduct

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We expect you to demonstrate learning by completing your assessments yourself. Any of the below definitions may also include the unauthorised use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or other mechanisms. 


This is presenting work which is not your own, without acknowledgement of the source, as your own work.


Submitting the same piece of assessment for two different modules would be selfplagiarism. If you re-use your own work, you must reference it the same way you would reference something you have used from a textbook.


This happens if you submit a piece of work done in collaboration with another student as if the work was entirely your own.

False Declaration

This happens if you either:

  • Make up evidence in support of an Exceptional Circumstances claim; or
  • Make up evidence in support of an Appeal.

Fabrication or Falsification of Data

This happens if you make up (or manipulate) data or results and record or report on them in a piece of assessment.  

Bribery or Intimidation

This happens if you pay; offer some other inducement; or through intimidation attempt to gain an unfair advantage in an assessment. This offence may also be referred to the Student Disciplinary Procedure.

Contract Cheating

This happens if you arrange for an assessment to be completed by a third party and pass the assessment off as your own. This might involve buying either the whole or part of an assessment, for example from an auction site or essay mill. 

Examination Misconduct

An examination includes class-tests, written, oral and practical examinations. 
The following is a list of academic misconduct relating to examinations, it is not an exhaustive list.

Unauthorised Materials

  • Getting, or seeing, a copy of an examination question paper before the date and time of its authorised release (this covers both ‘seen’ and ‘unseen’ papers)
  • Having an unauthorised dictionary in an examination

Technology in an Examination

  • The possession of technological or electronic devices such as mobile phones, smart watches and hidden earpieces/micro earbuds/mini cameras
  • The use of unauthorised material stored in the memory of a pre-programmable calculator, organiser, watch, or mobile phone
  • Having a calculator other than a dedicated calculator with a calculation function only


  • Copying from, or trying to copy from, another candidate
  • Having or using concealed notes


Communicating with, or attempting to communicate with, any person other than an invigilator during an examination


  • Getting, or trying to get, someone else to take your examination for you
  • Getting, or trying to get, someone to take an examination for another student
  • Taking, or attempting to take, an examination for another student
    In such cases, both the student and the impersonator have committed academic misconduct. We may report this type of academic misconduct to the Police: impersonation is a type of fraud.