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):

    • Submitting other people's work as your own
    • Plagiarism
    • Collusion
    • Duplication
    • Falsification
    • Custom writing services
    • Assisting others to cheat
    • Impersonation

    Please refer to the University Regulations for additional guidance on what constitutes 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:


    If your module leader believes you may have breached the academic conduct regulations they will refer you to the Student Investigation and Resolution Team.

    This team will then decide if you need to be directed to the Centre for Academic Development (CAD) or whether your work needs full investigation. 

    If you are directed to CAD you will be asked to carry out a short online academic integrity module and a attend a workshop. It is hoped these will teach you good academic practice and avoid you being referred again. 

    If your work needs a full investigation you will be invited for an interview.

    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.