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Referencing and Plagiarism

UoS Academic Misconduct Policy

As a student, you are expected to follow appropriate academic practices while you are at University of Suffolk. 

  • Your conduct is expected to be honest and fair.
  • Your presentation of assessment is expected to be in accordance with appropriate academic conventions and standards
  • You behaviour in exams and other assessed activities should be in accord with University of Suffolk regulations.

Academic Misconduct refers to actions involving assessment that fall outside these expectations.  Examples of Academic Misconduct include:

  • Submitting others' work as your own in assessment (Plagiarism or Collusion).
  • Making up results of research or experiments (Fabrication)
  • Cheating in exams

Title: Types of Academic Misconduct

Types of academic misconduct

Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of another person’s work or ideas as the student’s own, without proper acknowledgement. This could be in direct copy or close paraphrase.

Collusion is the unauthorised co-operation between at least two people, normally with the intent to deceive. It can take the following forms:

a. the conspiring by two or more students to produce a piece of work together with the intention that at least one passes it off as their own work;

b. the willing provision of previously assessed work or examination questions and/or answers by one student to another student where it should be evident to the student providing the work that by so doing an advantage could be gained by the other student. In this case both students are guilty of collusion;

c. the unauthorised co-operation between a student and another person in the preparation and production of work which is presented as the student’s own work.

Contract cheating is the commissioning and submission of work as the student’s own where the student has paid or solicited another person to produce the work on the student’s behalf. This includes the use of third party services such as essay mills and essay banks.

Fabrication is the invention, alteration or falsification of data and evidence that contributes towards assessment. This includes data such as: the origin and results of questionnaires; research data; certificated or portfolio evidence in claims for the recognition of prior learning; and entries and signatures in records of assessment of practice in the workplace.

Cheating includes any behaviour which the student would reasonably know would interfere with the fair operation of the assessment process and could gain unfair advantage, such as:

• any transgression of the University’s examination room rules, as set out in the Regulations for the Preparation and Conduct of Examinations;
• obtaining or seeking to obtain access to examination papers prior to an examination;
• behaviour in a manner likely to prejudice the chances of another student in an assessment;
• offering a bribe or inducement to invigilators, examiners or other persons connected with the assessments;
• being party to an arrangement whereby a person other than the student would fraudulently represent them at an assessment;
• submitting a fraudulent claim for extenuating circumstances.

Failure to have ethical approval includes instances where students embark on research activities which require ethical approval without that approval being formally granted. It is the student’s responsibility to apply for ethical approval and to seek clarification on whether ethical approval is required if unsure. Allegations of failure to have ethical approval may instead or additionally be considered under the Research Misconduct Policy.


1:1 bookable appointments can be made with your Academic Skills Advisers for your subject area.

Students from Ipswich can book two appointments per week (if you are a student from the Learning Network, please contact your library) - 

  • up to 1 hour with an Academic Skills Advisor

Appointments are scheduled in 30 minute slots.  

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