Academic Offences Policy

ALL students are reminded how important it is to be aware of the seriousness of committing an academic offence.

An academic offence can include:

  • Plagiarism is the passing off of another person’s thoughts, ideas, writings or images as your own. This could be the non-referencing of material, paraphrasing or even direct copying. It can also include self-plagiarism where you may have submitted similar work for more than one assignment.

Please ensure that you use the Harvard Reference System when you submit your coursework. To make this easy, you can source a Harvard Reference generator tool from the Internet.

  • Collusion happens when you submit work for assessment as your own when it was done in collaboration with another person. Both the student submitting the work and the student allowing their work to be copied may be investigated.
  • Improper conduct in formal examinations includes cheating in examinations, for example using unauthorised notes, and breach of examination room conditions.
  • Impersonation is where someone takes the identity of another person to gain an unfair advantage.
  • Any other form of deception covers a range of offences including the fabrication of research data or case studies.

Those suspected of an academic offence or colluding in an academic offence will be contacted and action will almost certainly be taken.

The person/s in question will be contacted and asked to clarify the issue; at this point it may be possible to represent your work, depending on the offence.

Depending on the seriousness of the offence, your work may be rejected and this will affect your ability to complete the award.

Each case is reviewed on an individual basis; the decision will not be taken lightly and will be final.