Should you find that you have been notified that there is a case of suspected Academic Misconduct against you, you may wish to access the Advice Unit for information and support. If you have been accused of any form of academic misconduct then you firstly need to read through both the procedure and the documents supporting the allegation very carefully.
Plagiarism and Collusion
You will be invited to submit a written statement in defence of the allegation. It will help you to clarify what happened and why, and we would advise that include evidence where appropriate and any important mitigating information that will help anyone considering your case to see what may have happened and prepare any questions ahead of a meeting. If you are submitting a written statement please bear in mind the this must be submitted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. Advisors will be able to review your statement if you can provide a draft and any additional letters or information relating to your case, via email. We can advise you on what to expect from the meeting and attend the meeting with you for support. Whoever attends the meeting with you has no automatic rights to speak in the meeting, and is not there to represent you. Neither can anyone attend if you are not also in attendance. The advisors if attending can ensure that you are given a fair opportunity to speak and sometimes help you to understand what is going on if it is unclear. They can also arrange with you to ask for a break if you are feeling distressed.
The Students' Guild recommends that you familiarize yourself with the University Academic Honesty and Plagiarism module that is available online via ELE.
If the matter relates to exam misconduct you will need to complete the allegation form. If you have been informed there is an allegation of exam misconduct against you then please contact the Students’ Guild Advice Unit for advice. There are a number of options for you to consider when you are responding to the allegation which can have an impact on the penalty applied. If you wish our Advisors can check your draft statement for clarity and suggest any changes before you send it back to the university.
For more information, please see the following link: http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/aph/managingacademicmisconduct/