What is academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct is a generic term to describe any type of cheating or dishonest behaviour in relation to a formal academic exercise. It is not acceptable practice; it undermines the integrity of the assessment process and academic standards, and ultimately the value of education. The university takes academic misconduct very seriously and will act to prevent it happening, and to address it when it occurs.

Academic misconduct may be deliberate – where students intend to gain an unfair advantage, or to deceive.

It may be unintentional – due to poor academic practice, insufficient referencing, or foolish or negligent behaviour by students.

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