Academic Misconduct


Academic misconduct is defined by the University as either an attempt by a student to gain an unfair advantage in an assessment or to assist another student to do so. Other types of academic misconducts include:

  • Cheating: behaving in a dishonest way to gain an academic  advantage
  • Collusion: an agreement between people acting together in order to deceive or cheat;
  • Fabrication: making up data, information, or references;
  • Impersonation: assuming a student’s identity with intent to provide an advantage for the student;
  • Self-Plagiarism/duplication: submitting work that has already been used for assessment purposes.

Buying someone else’s work whether the work has been written or produced specifically for you or not, but where money or other benefits have been exchanged.

Cheating in examinations is also defined as Academic Misconduct. Examples include:

  • Taking notes or other unauthorised material into an examination, or temporarily leaving the examination to  refer to such material;
  • The use of an unauthorised dictionary;
  • Obtaining an advance copy of an ‘unseen’ examination paper;
  • Taking away paperwork designated ‘not to be removed from an examination.