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Breaches of academic integrity can take a number of forms, including, but not confined to plagiarism, falsification of data, submitting work written by someone else, collusion and cheating in examinations.

If a member of staff suspects that a student may have sought to gain an unfair advantage [in their academic work] in some way, the matter should be investigated thoroughly and be brought to the attention of the Chair of the Module Assessment Board, who decides whether to put the allegation formally. If the allegation is put, the student is interviewed and a judgement reached about whether academic integrity has been breached.

The University resolves breaches of academic integrity through the application of a penalty in line with the procedures or by convening a meeting of the University Academic Integrity Review Panel to hear the case in more detail.

There is a tariff of penalties that may be imposed when breaches of academic integrity are proven. The nature of the offence, whether the student has previously engaged with the academic integrity course and if any other offences have been proven are taken into consideration when deciding the severity of the penalty.

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NB. Cases which were started prior to 21 November 2022 will be considered under the old procedure which remains available on Portal or by request.