In the course of your studies, you gain credit for your learning and for work which you have done yourself. Unfair practice occurs when you have not done the work yourself.
Any attempt to gain an unfair advantage, whether intentional or unintentional, is a matter of academic judgement and may be considered to be unfair practice.
Examples of unfair practice include, but are not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, ghost-writing and falsification of data.
Definitions of these offences and the serious consequences of unfair practice are detailed in the Academic Principles and Regulations, Section 2.9: Academic Integrity.
How to Avoid Unfair Practice
There are a range of resources available to help you understand what is and what is not permitted and how to use other people’s ideas in your assessed work. If you are unsure how to reference your work correctly please seek advice from your tutors, access the Skills for Learning online resources or this library guidance. You can also download a copy of the Little Book of Academic Integrity and watch the video below.
How to avoid plagiarism
What happens if you an admit to an unfair practice offence or an offence is found by an Assessment Enquiry Panel?
A mark of zero will be given to the assessment and the offence will be reported to the Academic Integrity Board to determine penalty. The Academic Integrity Board may take one of a range of decisions which are outlined in the Academic Principles and Regulations, Section C9: Academic Integrity. (Please note that with effect from 01 August 2016, the relevant section of the Academic Principles and Regulations is Section 2.9: Academic Integrity). Any eligibility for reassessment will be confirmed by the relevant Board of Examiners or Examination Committee and will be available at the next reassessment period. If you are suspected of an unfair practice offence, please refer to the Academic Integrity Student Handbook below.
If you wish to submit extenuating circumstances in explanation of your actions, you should submit these in writing using the Request for consideration of extenuating circumstances by the Academic Integrity Board below.