Academic misconduct

  • Oxford Brookes University manages breaches of academic regulations with a system that is designed to ensure that students suspected of academic misconduct are provided with an independent and transparent system that is efficient, fair and speedy. Students have the right to see the evidence of their suspected misconduct, to be able to defend themselves and have the right to appeal a decision.

    Academic misconduct can include (but is not limited to):

    • Plagiarism - Presenting or submitting someone else's work (words or ideas), intentionally or unintentionally, as your own.
    • Collusion  - Working with others but passing off the work as your own individual work.
    • Duplication - This is the inclusion in assessments of any material which is identical or similar to material which has already been awarded credit by the same student for any other assessment within the University or elsewhere, for example, submitting the same piece of coursework for two different modules. There is no acceptable level of duplication and it is serious because it potentially means getting credit twice for the same piece of work.
    • Impersonation - Taking another person’s identity in order to gain an advantage.
    • Misconduct in examinations - Acting improperly in examinations may include taking unauthorised documents into examinations, communicating with other students during an examination or cheating. 

    Please use the Academic Conduct Referral Form if you have concerns about a student's academic integrity and if there may be evidence of misconduct.

    Students are encouraged to seek support and not resort to cheating. The penalties can have an effect on your academic record.

    Help and advice

    Help and advice is available from a variety of sources across the University:

    The interview

    If you have been called to an interview, please respond as soon as possible to confirm whether you can attend or not. Not engaging with the process is a breach of the Academic Conduct Regulations.

    Please do not panic. This meeting will be your chance to discuss the case, provide any evidence and documents and talk about your work. You have the right to have a witness present. It may be beneficial to book a meeting with the University’s Centre for Academic Development in advance, they will be able to discuss your work with you.

    If you are in doubt about how best to formulate or present a case, or you want to know how the conduct procedure will or should operate, please seek advice from:

    The University is clear that it must ensure that the operation of this procedure complies with the principles of natural justice. In broad terms, these are that:

    • the student knows the case that is being put against them, a reasonable time before the case is heard
    • the student has the right to challenge the case against them
    • the person deciding the case does so without bias
    • there is a mechanism for reviewing or appealing against the decision.

    Possible outcomes

    After an interview:

    • you may be found not to be in breach of any regulations
    • you may be given a penalty, or
    • you may be referred to a Conduct Committee if the breach is considered to be severe. 

    Until the case is resolved, it is likely that your programme will show a 'DD' for the module or piece of work.

    For more information, please consult the Academic Conduct Procedure in full.