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Academic Misconduct

The following resources support understanding and application of the Regulations

The University's Procedure for Handling Academic Misconduct provides an overview of what is considered to be misconduct and the penalties that may be applied.

Frequently Asked Questions


'What types of offence are considered as 'academic misconduct'?

Academic misconduct encompasses a wide range of potential actions relating to written coursework, formal examinations or any other form of assessed work. This may include plagiarism, falsification of data, use of third party websites or ‘essay mills’, submitting the same piece of coursework for different units or failure to adhere to the University’s Examination Regulations.

The University will consider any attempt to gain an unfair advantage in assessment, or to assist another individual in gaining an unfair advantage, as academic misconduct.


Where can I get help and advice about avoiding academic misconduct?

Student Support Officers provide guidance and support on a wide range of issues relating to assessment.

The Skills Online section of Moodle contains resources and advice in relation to plagiarism.

Library Services provide guidance around referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.

The MMU Writing Project provides guidance for students around incorporating the words of others and referencing.


Does MMU keep a record of my academic misconduct?

Yes, the University retains records of any Developmental Engagement or Assessment Disciplinary Committees relating to academic misconduct.


What are the penalties for academic misconduct?

The penalties for academic range, depending on the severity of the misconduct in question, your level of study and the number of any past instances of misconduct. Penalties range from capped marks being applied in individual elements of assessment to expulsion from your programme of study.

A full breakdown of penalty tariffs is contained within the Procedure for Handling Academic Misconduct.


What should I do if I'm late for an exam?

You should be present at least ten minutes prior to the starting time of an exam. If you are late for an exam, you will be permitted to enter the examination room within the first 30 minutes of the exam.

Should you arrive later than 30 minutes after the start of the exam, you will not be permitted to enter the examination room and will be considered to have failed to attend.

If your reasons for lateness are unexpected and/or unpreventable and can be corroborated, you should submit a claim for Exceptional Factors along with supporting evidence at the earliest possible opportunity.


Can I leave the exam room before the end of the exam?

Yes, although you are not permitted to leave an examination during the first 30 minutes or the final 30 minutes apart from in an emergency.


I was removed from the exam room by the invigilator - what happens next?

If you have been removed from an exam by an invigilator, the matter will be referred to an Assessment Disciplinary Committee for consideration and a penalty applied where misconduct is upheld.

If the reasons for your removal are particularly serious and/or placed staff or students at serious risk, the matter may also be considered under the terms of the Student Code of Conduct and separate penalties applied as appropriate.


I missed my exam - what should I do?

If your reasons for missing the examination are unexpected and/or unpreventable and can be corroborated, you should submit a claim for Exceptional Factors along with supporting evidence at the earliest possible opportunity.


Further Support

Students having difficulty understanding any aspect of the Assessment Regulations should contact their Faculty Student Support Officer, or the Students' Union Advice Centre - which offers support and guidance in relation to Assessment. Additional support is also available from Student Hubs, or from your Programme/Unit Leader.