Allegations of Unfair Practice

Unfair practice is any activity or behaviour where a student has attempted to gain, or help another student to gain, an unpermitted academic advantage. This applies whether the student acts alone or with others.

These include:

  • Plagiarism
  • Collusion
  • Fabrication of Data
  • Misconduct in exams
  • Self plagiarism

Click here for further information on what is plagiarism and an explanation of what constitutes as unfair practice

Students are usually asked to attend an unfair practice meeting with their school when the University suspects that some form of unfair practice has occurred. The purpose of the meeting is to find out if unfair practice has taken place. If it is found to have taken place, then the panel will decide on the appropriate action depending on the severity of the misconduct.

Special Circumstances

Special circumstances cannot be used to justify unfair practice but can be taken into account when a penalty is imposed.

You can present details of your special circumstances when an allegation has been made, however, it must be directly relevant to the allegation of unfair practice made against you. In order for your special circumstances to be taken into consideration, you will need to present the necessary details, along with supporting evidence before the unfair practice hearing.

How we can help

The Student Voice Team can:

If you are accused of plagiarism or other forms of unfair practice, the Student Voice Team can:

  1. Explain the regulations and guide you through the process
  2. Advise you on potential penalties
  3. Assist you in putting a statement together
  4. Advise you on what additional evidence you can submit
  5. Attend the hearing with you
  6. Assist you in appealing any decision

We understand that being invited to an unfair practice hearing can be daunting. If you are called such a hearing, we recommend that you contact the Student Voice Team as soon as possible.