I have been called to a meeting with an Academic Conduct Officer (ACO), how can I prepare for this meeting?
Work through the sources of help here and make sure you have a good understanding of what your school’s referencing requirements are. You may find it useful to read through your module handbook.
Read through your essay with the Turnitin report you will have been sent and think about whether you have referenced effectively. Make some notes and think about areas where you may have forgotten to reference.
Come and see ASK if you are struggling to understand what might be wrong and we can work through this with you.
What will happen at the meeting?
The meeting will usually be with the ACO, the marker and a note taker. The ACO will tell you what they think the problems are with the work and give you the opportunity to have your say and ask any questions you have.
The ACO meeting is a learning opportunity so prepare questions on things you are not sure about and take the opportunity to talk through these in the meeting.
Remember that the purpose of the meeting is to make sure you have all the support you need, as much as to find out what happened.
What are the possible penalties?
The penalties for academic misconduct vary depending on the type of case and the number of cases you have had in the past. The possible penalties that can be applied are in the table on the University website.
I am unhappy with the outcome of an academic misconduct case, what can I do?
In some circumstances, you may be able to appeal the decision. You will only be able to do this if you can satisfy one, or both, of the following grounds:
i) procedural irregularity in the conduct of the original investigations of the Academic Conduct Officer;
ii) extenuating circumstances, providing that these circumstances can be substantiated, and there is a valid reason why these were not made known at the time.
More information on appealing can be found on the University website. Remember that there is a deadline to appeal, details will be on your decision letter.
If you would like to appeal or need some more information contact us at ASK and we will guide you through the process.
I am on a professional course, what impact will this have on me?
If you are studying a professional course, a record of academic misconduct may have further implications. You should check your school handbook for further details if this applies to you.
What can ASK help with?
ASK can help you to prepare your case and attend the meeting with you, if necessary. You should be provided with a TurnItIn report from your school that highlights the areas of concern. We can go through the report and help you to understand where you have gone wrong. We can signpost you to the appropriate support services to help you to improve your study skills and to make sure that you fully understand how to reference properly.
If there have been reasons why you have plagiarised, either intentionally or accidentally, we can explore these and help you to put your case forward to your school Academic Conduct Officer or an Academic Misconduct Panel.