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Academic Misconduct

If you have been accused of academic misconduct we can help you understand the process, draft statements, accompany you to panel meetings, understand the outcomes and what options you have to appeal.

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What is Academic Misconduct?

Academic Misconduct refers to submitting work that isn’t your own, this is referred to as plagiarism. This may be intentional or unintentional but either way, the accusation is serious and can have a serious impact on your time at UAL.

At Arts SU Advice, we’ve written a quick guide on what you need to know if you’ve been accused of Academic Misconduct. This isn’t a substitute for advice so we recommend getting in touch with us as soon as possible.

Quick facts about Academic Misconduct at UAL

I’ve been accused. What next?

If you’ve been accused of misconduct you’ll be sent a letter (or email) from your tutor inviting you to a meeting to discuss this. It’s often described as an ‘informal meeting’ but this is an investigatory meeting which will determine what will happen next so it’s important you’re prepared.

At the end of this meeting, your tutor will write some notes which you will sign. Only sign the notes if you agree with what they say.

If you agree that plagiarism took place then the exam board will likely impose a penalty set out in the regulations. If you disagree then an academic misconduct panel is likely to be convened.

The process

If you are suspected of misconduct the University will follow this general outline.

  • Your Tutor will speak to the Course Leader regarding the case and present any evidence they have
    • Your Course Leader will determine if they believe misconduct has taken place
      • Minor Misconduct
        They will assess the severity and determine the course of action
        • You'll receive a letter informing you of the allegations and inviting you to a meeting and informing you of extra support
      • Moderate / Serious Misconduct
        Case referred to the Dean to consider if Disciplinary Procedures should be involved alongside Academic Misconduct Procedures
        • You'll be sent a warning letter explaining the allegation, that it's under investigation and will include a copy of the Academic Misconduct Procedures
          • Your Course Leader will lead an investigation
            • You should be given at least 7 days notice of a meeting where you can discuss the allegations. If you can't attend, another meeting will be arranged
              • You agree misconduct took place
                • Your Course Leader will write a report and send this to the Board of Examiners
                  • The Board of Examiners will decide the outcome
              • You disagree misconduct took place
                • Your Course Leader will write a report and present it to the Chair of the Academic Misconduct Panel
                  • You'll be given 14 days notice of the hearing
                    • The Chair will review this and decide a course of action
      • No Misconduct
        They will close the case and no action will be taken

Types of Misconduct

Misconduct is broken into different types, below is a description of what each one might look like in practice and the potential outcomes. This list is only a guide.

Misconduct type What it looks like Potential outcomes
Minor Misconduct A minor breach
Usually happens to first years

Usually addressed through tutorial advice and support

Moderate Misconduct Intentional
On a small scale
Little impact on final award
F- for the assessment. Retake assessment, capped at D-
F- for unit. Retake the unit, capped at D-, full fees charged
Serious Misconduct Intentional
On a significant scale
This is the second offence
You’ll be in your final year
F- for the unit. Retake Unit, charged at full fees
F- for the stage. Retake Unit, charged at full fees
Disciplinary Offences Stealing the work of others
Copyright theft
Revoking an awarded degree

What can the Arts SU Advice Service do for me during the UAL Academic Misconduct process?

  1. Advise you on the process
  2. Read over any documents you receive and help you make sense of them
  3. Help you structure what you’ll say during the panel
  4. Accompany you to any meetings you might have

Contact the SU Advice Service

Email us

Usually the fastest way to contact us is to email using our contact form.

We always aim to reply within 5 working days, but often reply much sooner.

We generally answer in chronological order but if your issue is very time sensitive please mark your email 'Urgent' and we will try to get back to you as soon as we can.

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Book an appointment (new clients only)

If you prefer to speak to someone directly, and you have not spoken to us previously about the issue, you can book an appointment with an Advisor.

If you already have an Advisor assigned to you and you would like to speak to them please just email them directly - this will be usually be much faster than using the booking form!

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