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Academic Misconduct

When concerns are raised about the Academic Integrity of a student's assignment during the marking process, these are considered by trained Academic Conduct Officers within each discipline. The Conduct Officers use their academic judgement tol decide if the work needs to be referred into the Academic Misconduct process. The Academic Misconduct process will be used to determine whether an academic offence has occured within the assignment.

We realise that in some cases a breach in Academic Integrity can occur unintentionally or unknowingly but  in order to maintain the University's standards of academic honesty and integrity, and to be fair to all students we do have to carefully consider all concerns raised.

Information about the principles and procedures which will be observed by the University when considering concerns about academic integrity can be found in Chapter 12 of the Teaching Quality Assurance Manual:

Chapter 12 - Academic Conduct and Practice.

The University has developed three levels of severity for academic offences.  These are:

  1. Poor academic practice.  This may arise from a lack of understanding of academic protocols or a misunderstanding of expected academic conventions of the department.  In these cases there is no evidence that a student has set out to decieve a marker.
  2. Academic misconduct.  This would involve behaviour and practices which, if undetected, would have deceived the marker and could lead the student to obtain an unfair unvantage over another student.
  3. Severe academic misconduct.  This would involve extensive evidence of plagiarism or cheating or clear evidence of behaviour which is designed to deceive the marker and/or to gain an advantage by the student who submitted the work.

The University’s definition of academic conduct and the procedures surrounding it are set out in Chapter 12 of the Assessment Progression and Awarding Handbook ‘Academic Conduct and Practice’ and you can read that here.

Definition of Offences

An academic offence is defined as an act or failure to act that if undetected gives, or aims to give, an advantage over other students, or any behaviour which may deceive those setting, administering and marking a piece of work. Academic offences can take a number of forms including but not limited to:

  • Plagiarism, including self-plagiarism:  Plagiarism is the act of represententing words, ideas, or work obtained from another source, without proper attribution or permission and presenting it as one's own original work. This can include copying and pasting text from a source without citation or attribution; paraphrasing source material without giving credit or by only changing a few words; using a concerpt or ideas obtained from another source without acknowldgement; or submitting another's work as your own.  Self-plagiarism is the act of reusing your own previosuly submitted work without citation.
  • Collusion:  Collusion occurs where two or more students collaborate to produce work that is submitted as the individual work of one or more of the students. 
  • Coercion: Coercion occurs when a student puts pressure on (or attempts to put pressure on) another student or member of staff to act in a particular way, with the intention of gaining an academic advantage. 
  • Fabrication: Creation of false data, research or references with the intention of deceiving the marker.
  • Falsification: Inappropriate manipulation or selection of data, images or consents with the intention of decieivng the marker. 
  • Misrepresentation: Misrepresenting data, or the work of someone else as your own, in whole or in part. Note, evidence of an attempt to disguise any of the forms of plagiarism listed above (which might involve the use of paraphrasing systems or translation systems, or a translator or third party who acts as more than a proof-reader under the University’s regulations) will normally be treated more severely than plagiarism alone. 
  • Contract Cheating: Contract cheating nvolves a student requesting a third-party to complete an assessment, or part of an assessment, on their behalf, which may or may not involve a commercial transaction.  
  • Use or possession of unauthorised material in an assessment:  For example taking notes or electronic devices into an examination or assessment without expression to do so.
  • Obtaining or sharing an examination paper ahead of its authorised release or obtaining/sharing another student's answer to an examination paper.
  • Impersonation of another individal due to be sitting an assessment.

Academic Conduct Officers

Each Discipline appoints an Academic Conduct Officer and each College appoints a Senior Academic Conduct Officer who provide information and guidance on the academic conduct process and good academic practice, as well as conducting any academic conduct investigation. Please note that for matters relating to in person invigilated exam conduct you will need to contact instead of your departmental Conduct Officers.

Please find a list below of Senior Academic Conduct Officers and Academic Conduct Officers below:

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Senior / Academic Conduct Officer

Senior Academic Conduct Officers

Shane Glackin (Law; English and Creative Writing; Communications, Drama and Film; Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies; and Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies)

Victoria Hamlyn (Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy and Anthropology; Archaeology and History; and Classics, Ancient History, and Religion and Theology)

Communications, Drama and Film

Haili Li

English and Creative Writing

Niall Allsopp

Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies

Fernando Concha

Classics, Ancient History, and Religion and Theology

Jonathan Hill

Archaeology and History

Alex Pryor and Semih Celik

Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy and Anthropology

Jessica Groling and Sandra Kroger

The Law School

Chunping Bush, Robert Herian & Malcolm Rogge

School of Education

Laura Guihen and Victoria Wong

Penryn (Humanities, Politics and Law School)

Samer Bakkour


Faculty of Health and Life Sciences


Senior / Academic Conduct Officer

Senior Academic Conduct Officers

Alex Clarke (Clinical and Biomedical Sciences; Health and Community Sciences; and Health and Care Professions)

Matt Campbell (Biosciences; Psychology; CEDAR; and Public Health and Sport Sciences)


Tetsu Kudoh (Streatham)


Andy Higginson


Faye Small

Health and Care Professions 

Hairil Abdul Razak (Medical Imaging)

Victoria Sadler (Nursing)

Health and Community Sciences

Becca Lovell & Tom Ridler

Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

Wondwossen Abate, Erum Erum, Tom Ridler, Vikki Moye & Rebecca Lovell

Public Health and Sport Sciences

Matthew Black & Matt Campbell


Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy


Senior / Academic Conduct Officer

Senior Academic Conduct Officers

Asif Tahir (Engineering; Physics and Astronomy; Mathematics and Statistics; and Computer Science)

Mohammad Akrami (Geography; Ecology and Conservation; and Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Eva Poen, Sarah Bailey, Giancarlo Ianulardo, Idika Uduma, Samuel Odewunmi & Anthony Wood (Business School)


Halim Alwi & Gianmario Rinaldi

Physics and Astronomy

Alex Corbett

Geography (Streatham)

Eliott Rooke

Mathematics and Statistics

Vadim Biktashev 

Computer Science

Zeliang Wang

Earth and Environmental Sciences Penryn (CGES, CSM and Maths)

Sarah Crowley (CGES), Clemens Ullman (CSM) & Mark Callaway (Maths)

Ecology and Conservation (Penryn)

Erik Postma

Finance and Accounting 

Cherie Chen, Jinlin Li & Anthony Wood


Idika Uduma, Chris Reedthomas, Michael Rowlinson, Fiona Smith & Rom Okeke

SITE (Management)  /  Management & Marketing 

Emma Wood, Ji Han & Eunice Oppon (Penryn)


Amy Binner, Samuel Odewunmi & Olayinka (Yinks) Oyekola


Lauren Jarman




Senior / Academic Conduct Officer

Senior Academic Conduct Officer

Daniel Moore

Academic Director

Karen Glide

International Year One in Business

Chris Cross

International Year One in Psychology & International Year One in Bioscience

Soo Yim

International Year One in Engineering & International Year One in Maths

Robyn Levine

International Foundation 

Ben Jacobs & James Merrett

Graduate Diploma 

Luke Adams & Areeya (Amy) Srisai


Antonia Paterson

Academic English

Rebecca Michel

In-Sessional & TESOL

Emma Sweeney

Examination Misconduct

There are important rules concerning exam conduct that all students, regardless of Faculty or level of study, are expected to follow. These are available online her: Guidance to Candidates.

Students who are caught breaking this guidance will be treated in accordance with the University's Assessment, Progression and Awarding Handbook, Chapter 12 - academic conduct and practice, which lists the following offences specifically relevant to exams:

  1. The use or possession of unauthorised books, notes, software, electronic devices or other materials in an examination (unless specifically permitted).
  2. Obtaining an examination paper ahead of its authorised release.
  3. Attempting to impersonate or impersonation of another individual, due to be sitting a specific assessment.

Specific offences that the University has a zero tolerance approach to are:

  • The possession of any form of electronic device, which includes mobile phones, iPods or MP3 players and any form of smart watch on or near your person during an exam whether it be switched on or off and;
  • Being in possession of unauthorised material. This may be notes about the topic, or formula written on a hand or arm or other materials found on or near your person.

Please remember electronic devices and/or unauthorised material and exams don't mix!