If you are accused of academic misconduct, you will be given the choice of three options from the academic misconduct team. The three options are:
- Admit the allegation and accept the penalty (in this case the penalty will be applied without further right of appeal).
- Admit the allegation, but not accept the penalty;
- Deny the allegation.
Option 1 is worth choosing if you are willing and happy to admit the allegation, and you are happy to accept the penalty. The process will then end there and you will receive your penalty, whether that is a resit or a formal warning.
Option 2 and 3 are the ones you need to choose if you wish to appeal the allegation and have your penalty changed or lowered. Whether you choose option 2 or 3 is completely up to you, and it is important to be honest and maintain integrity when deciding your option.
When choosing option 2 or 3, you must put together a written appeal which explains why you wish to have your penalty lowered, explaining what may have happened, and it is important to attach evidence to this. The evidence may be proof that your work is your own, or proof of something else which you want to reference in your appeal.
Your written appeal will then be sent to the head of school for their review. From here, the head of school may accept the appeal and lower the penalty, or not accept it. If they do not accept it, you can either accept your penalty, or you will be given the opportunity to appeal the head of school’s decision. If you decide to appeal the head of school’s decision, you will be invited to sit in front of an academic integrity board of staff members so you can talk through in your own words exactly what happened and why you should have your penalty lowered. The panel will come to a decision on whether to accept your appeal or not and from here, you will have no further chances to appeal the allegations.