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What is Academic Misconduct?

The University defines academic misconduct as the:

Academic misconduct also includes:

  • Plagiarism: using someone else’s ideas, words, data, or other material produced by them without acknowledgement;
  • Self-plagiarism: using the Registered Student’s own ideas, words, data or other material produced by them and submitted for formal assessment at this University or another institution, or for publication elsewhere, without acknowledgement, unless expressly permitted by the assessment;
  • Contract cheating: contracting a third party to provide work, which is then used or submitted as part of a formal assessment as though it is the Registered Student’s own work;
  • Collusion: working with others and using the ideas or words of this joint work without acknowledgment, as though it is the Registered Student’s own work, or allowing others to use the ideas or words of joint work without acknowledgment;
  • Impersonating someone or being impersonated in an examination or arranging for someone to impersonate someone else by sitting their examination;
  • Fabrication, falsification or misrepresentation of data, results or other outputs or aspects of research, including documentation and participant consent, or presenting or recording such data, etc., as if they were real; or
  • Failure to meet legal, ethical and professional obligations in carrying out research. This includes failure to follow agreed protocol if this failure results in unreasonable risk or harm to humans, other sentient beings or the environment, and facilitating of misconduct in research by collusion in, or concealment of, such actions by others. It includes any plan or conspiracy to attempt to do any of these things.

Turnitin UK text-matching software

All ICE assignments and dissertations will be submitted to Turnitin UK Text-Matching Software. Turnitin compares the text of submitted work to sources in its database, which is made up of internet content, selected journals, and previous student submissions. Turnitin is only one method of checking the originality of a student’s work and examiners may use other investigative procedures if they have any queries regarding originality.

Please ensure you are familiar with the University’s Academic Misconduct guidance about referencing and contact your Academic/Course Director or Course Administration team if you have any questions.

Suspected academic misconduct

Whilst all academic misconduct is a breach of the University's disciplinary regulations, it is accepted that in some cases students may have attempted to acknowledge a source but that this has not been done correctly or that they may have misunderstood the referencing requirements or breached them in a minor way. These cases are viewed as a minor breach of the regulations, and this will be taken into consideration within the marking process (without a punitive sanction).

If academic misconduct is suspected in a piece of your work (ie if a Turnitin originality report shows a high percentage match between your work and other sources, or a marker identifies unacknowledged material in an assignment) then the University's academic misconduct procedure will be followed. 

The marker of the assignment will determine the extent and significance of any suspected academic misconduct within your assignment. 

If academic misconduct is suspected, the marker will discuss the case with the Course Director/Academic Director before referring the case to the Chair of the Examiners (or Chair of the Degree Committee).

The Chair will consider all of the information and may choose to hold an investigatory meeting with you. The purpose of the meeting is to provide you with and opportunity to respond and answer questions regarding the suspected academic misconduct; it does not have a punitive or disciplinary element. 

Full guidance on the Procedure, including information on the investigative meeting and the possible outcomes of the meeting can be found on the University's Academic Misconduct webpage and Student Complaint webpage.

If, after reading the guidance, you have any outstanding queries, you should seek clarification at the earliest opportunity from your Course Director.

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