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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)

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.


Breaches of academic misconduct will be taken seriously and taken forward under the Student Discipline Procedure. Further information can be found at: and

Remember the Golden Rule: The Examiners must be left in no doubt as to which parts of any submission are your own original work and which are not.

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


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 Plagiarism and Academic Misconduct guidance about referencing - see and contact your Academic/Course Director or Course Administration Team if you have any questions.

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