What factors are taken into account in an Academic Misconduct Penalty?

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What factors are taken into account in an Academic Misconduct Penalty?

When determining the sanction, the Panel will take into account the following factors:

i. Severity. The sanction applied will reflect the severity of the offence, taking into account the obligations on the University to uphold its academic standards and reputation.

ii. Intent. An act of academic misconduct can be committed regardless of whether or not a you intended to commit the act. For example, plagiarism may be committed irrespective of whether or not you intended to deceive the examiners. 

iii. Previous Offences. If you have previously admitted, or been found by an Academic Misconduct Panel of the University to have committed, an offence of academic misconduct the sanction applied will normally be more severe than had it been on your first offence.

iv. Impact on Other Students. Where the offence has had, could have had, or was intended to have an adverse effect on the standing or well being of another student or students, the sanction applied may be more severe than had this not been the case. The Panel may additionally refer you for disciplinary action in accordance with the University Rules for Student Conduct.

v. Value of Assessment Task. An offence committed in respect of a high value assessment task, such as a final year dissertation or project, may be penalised more severely than an offence in respect of a lower value task.

There is a penalty table that determines a sanction. This can be found from this link: https://www.uca.ac.uk/quality-assurance-enhancement/university-regulations-policies-and-procedures/

The penalty table is determined by a student’s academic history, multiplied by the severity of the offence The number of points that results from that determines the penalty.

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