Academic Misconduct

Understanding how to use the work of other scholars, including peers, to develop your own insights into a subject is an important professional skill. The University expects you to follow professional academic conventions. It is never acceptable to use the words of others or their creative output (whether published or unpublished, including material from the internet) without explicit acknowledgement. To do so would not be seen as a mark of respect but as academic misconduct. Additionally, it is not acceptable for you to submit work which you have either put out to tender or bought, either ‘off the shelf’ or specifically written, and submit it as your own work, this is known as contract cheating.

The University takes cases of academic misconduct extremely seriously and seeks to ensure that they are dealt with efficiently and appropriately. The University’s approach to academic misconduct is to develop learning and understanding, without prejudice, depending on the severity of the offence.

Examples of academic misconduct are:

  • Plagiarism – when students take someone else’s work or ideas and pass them off as their own.
  • Cheating – when students act dishonestly or unfairly before, during or after an examination or a class test in order to gain an advantage, or assist another student to do so.
  • Contract cheating – when students put out to tender or buy an essay or assignment, either ‘off the shelf’ or specifically written for them, and submit it as their own work. This includes the use of ‘essay mills’ (essay writing websites).
  • Falsification – when students falsify information or theories and make use of them within an assignment.
  • Recycling – when students submit a piece of work which has already been used in one context and is then used again in another.
  • Collusion – when students work together on an individual assignment and submit the work as their own. The submitted work will be similar or virtually identical.

Please find further information on examples of academic misconduct here

Further advice and guidance on academic integrity and academic misconduct is available from your module tutors, the Students’ Union and the Student Development and Study Skills Service.

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) have now replaced the Data Protection Act. An explanation of how the University will use your data can be found here and in the Communication Plan below. Please note that in accordance with GDPR Regulations any third party supporting evidence will only be accepted if it is accompanied by a completed Third Party Consent Form.

Academic Misconduct – Frequently Asked Questions

The University’s Academic Misconduct Regulations can be found below.

Academic Misconduct Regulations 2018-2019

Previous years’ regulations are available on request from the Student Casework Unit. Please email: studentcasework@southwales.ac.uk

Further Documentation

  • Suspected Academic Misconduct Coversheet English
  • Continuation Sheet for Suspected Academic Misconduct Coversheet English
  • Tariff of Penalties of for Academic Misconduct (First and Lesser Offences) English
  • Tariff of Penalties of for Academic Misconduct (Second and Serious Offences) English

Request for Review

  • Request for Review of an Academic Misconduct Decision Form English | Cymraeg
  • Guidance Notes for Request for Review of an Academic Misconduct Decision Form English | Cymraeg
  • Third Party Evidence Consent Form English | Cymraeg