The Students' Guild strongly recommends that you familiarise yourself with the University Academic Honesty and Plagiarism module that is available online via ELE.
The Guild Advice Unit is seperate from the University, and can provide confidential and impartial advice on dealing with any allegations of academic misconduct. Providing a written statement in defence of allegations is always helpful to all concerned. It will help you to clarify what happened and why, and put events into a timeline and 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 date that any written material needs to be provided to the University.
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. If the matter relates to exam misconduct you will need to complete the allegation form.
With plagiarism and collusion cases you may be called to a meeting. You have the right to take a “member of the University” with you for support, this can be a staff member or a fellow student, and also includes staff from the Students’ Guild Advice Unit. 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. For plagiarism and collusion allegations we ask that you draft a statement and send it to us, together with details of any meeting convened. We can then check an advisor will be available, and if possible also arrange that the same advisor discusses your statement.