Academic Misconduct

What is academic misconduct? 

 Academic misconduct includes plagiarism, cheating or research misconduct.

Plagiarism is defined by the university as ‘the use, without adequate acknowledgment, of the intellectual work of another person in work submitted for assessment.’ Systems such as Turnitin will give indication of plagiarism. More information on Plagiarism can be found here.

Copying another student in an examination, impersonating another student or allowing them to impersonate you, payment for assessed work, collusion (working with another student), taking devices or unauthorized material into exams, are all forms of cheating.

Research misconduct applies to students studying a master of Reasearch or PhD where the program is fully research based. The university defines ‘Research misconduct’ as ‘The fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or deception in proposing, carrying out or reporting results of research, or deliberate, dangerous or negligent deviations from accepted practices in carrying out research.’

What happens if you are accused of plagairism? 

Disciplinary actions will be undertaken by the University in the case of suspicion of academic misconduct. The process is as follows: 

The Head of the School (or a representative) shall investigate whether academic misconduct has occurred or not

They will then meet with the student concerned no later than 10 working days from receipt of the allegation;

Prior to the meeting, the School will: 
(a) Inform the student in writing, the reasons for the meeting, clearly stating the allegation, and that he or she may be accompanied by one person if they wish. At the same time the student must be provided with copies of all evidence supporting the allegation of plagiarism;
(b) Arrange for another member of staff, normally a member of academic staff, who is not already involved in the matter to be present at the meeting. A further member of staff must also be present for the purpose of taking a record of the meeting and
(c) Send the student a copy of that record no later than 5 working days after the meeting

The Head of the School, having considered all of the evidence submitted, including any statement or explanation by the student, may:

(a) Decide that plagiarism has not occurred, or
(b) Decide that there are good reasons for believing that plagiarism may have occurred

If academic misconduct is thought to have occurred then the case is send to registry and a disciplinary hearing arranged. The hearing will be with someone from outwith your school. You are entiled to bring a representative from AUSA Advice, a friend or family member to the meeting. 

During the hearing you and/or your representative will be invited to address questions through the Investigating Officer to any witness(es) on their statement(s) and on their written submissions.

You and/or your representative will be invited to give a concluding statement.

The Investigating Officer will consider the evidence and reach a decision, which will be communicated in writing within 5 working days

For more information see the university website.