What outcomes of an Academic Misconduct Panel can I expect?
If the panel determines that no offence has been committed then all relevant parties will be notified and any work in question will be marked without prejudice.
Where the panel determines that an offence has been committed, in cases of plagiarism or collusion the Panel shall normally apply one of the sanctions listed in Appendix 1 of the Academic Misconduct Regulations (below).
In cases other than of plagiarism or collusion, the Panel will either apply one of the sanctions listed in Appendix 1 of the Academic Misconduct Regulations (below).
or apply one of the following sanctions:
i. a formal warning, in which case a record will be logged on the student’s file, any work in question will be marked according to its merits, but the offence will be taken into account when determining the sanction for any subsequent offence.
ii. revocation of an award, with all credits withdrawn.
APPENDIX 1: STANDARD PENALTY TARIFFS FOR PLAGIARISM & COLLUSION
This reference tariff is adapted from a nationally recognised tariff which was the primary output from the AMBeR Project, commissioned by the JISC Plagiarism Advisory Service (PlagiarismAdvice.org). The purpose of a common tariff is to provide greater consistency in penalties for plagiarism both within an institution and across the sector. Such an approach is supported by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA).
How It Works
Step 1 – the piece of work is allocated a point score for each of the five categories below.
1st offence 100 points
2nd offence 150 points
3rd and subsequent offence 200 points
* the Campus Registry can confirm whether or not the student has previous offences
Below 5% AND, in the case of written work, less than two sentences 80 points
As above but with critical aspects(a) plagiarised 105 points
Between 5% and 20% OR, in the case of written work, more than two sentences but not more
than two paragraphs 105 points
As above but with critical aspects(a) plagiarised 130 points
Between 20% and 50% OR, in the case of written work, more than two paragraphs but not
more than five paragraphs 130 points
As above but with critical aspects(a) plagiarised 160 points
Above 50% OR, in the case of written work, more than five paragraphs 160 points
Submission purchased or commissioned from essay mill, ghost writing service or other third
party 225 points
a Critical aspects are key ideas central to the assignment
b A score relating to the extent of the plagiarised work applies equally to written work and to artefacts, images and other multimedia work. In cases of non-written work, Course Leaders / Heads of School / Academic Misconduct Panels will need to
exercise their academic judgement to come to a view on the proportion of the work that is plagiarised.
Level 3 (Year 0) 45 points
Level 4 70 points
Level 5 115 points
Level 6 / 7 140 points
VALUE OF ASSIGNMENT
Standard weighting 30 points
Large project (normally worth more than 30 credits) 60 points
INTENT TO DECEIVE
Evidence of deliberate attempt to disguise plagiarism by changing words, sentences or
references to avoid detection, or to have otherwise intentionally submitted work containing
plagiarism or collusion. Where it is believed that the offence was committed unintentionally,
a score of 0 should be recorded accordingly.
Step 2 - those point scores are summated to give a total score for the piece of work:
Step 3 - the total score is then mapped to a penalty in accordance with the table below.
Note that where the piece of work in question does not attract a mark as it is one of multiple
assessment tasks which are assessed holistically as part of an assessment component, the piece
of work will be regarded as having not been submitted.
Points Available Penalties (select one)
255 – 329 • Assessment component awarded 0 - resubmission permitted with no penalty on mark
330 – 379 • Assessment component awarded 0 - resubmission permitted, but component mark capped at 40
380 – 479 • Unit awarded 0 - resubmission permitted, but unit mark capped at 40
480 – 524 • All units in that stage awarded 0 – reassessment of units/stage permitted with no penalty on marks
525 – 559 • All units in that stage awarded 0 – reassessment of units/stage permitted, but all unit
marks capped at 40
560+ • Unit awarded 0 - reassessment of unit not permitted(c)
• Unit awarded 0 - reassessment of unit not permitted(c), removal of right to an exit award
• Unit awarded 0, expelled from institution with all credits withdrawn
c Where the reassessment of a unit is not permitted, this will result, in accordance with paragraph
4.5.3 of the Common Credit Framework, in the student having their enrolment terminated. This
should be taken into account before selecting this option.
Note that, in accordance with paragraph 5.3 of the Common Credit Framework, a unit that has been subject to academic misconduct is not eligible for stage-compensation.
Note that in cases where an award has already been conferred before the offence came to light, many of these penalties will result in the revocation of that award.