Academic Misconduct Awareness Campaign

What is Academic Misconduct?


Defined as the knowing or reckless presentation of another person’s work or ideas as one’s own, and includes the use of published or unpublished work without acknowledging the source.

This can happen from:

  • Not leaving enough time to proofread your work before submission.
  • Misunderstanding the expectations of referencing in your work.
  • Submitting the work to get it in on time but circumstances impacted your performance.

Unpermitted recycling/re-using work

Submitting work for assessment which has previously been submitted, in whole or in part, for assessment at this or another institution, without explicitly acknowledging and referencing the assessment and qualification for which the material was previously submitted, and unless expressly permitted by the assessment brief.

This can happen from:

  • Submitting the same piece of your work on more than one occasion.
  • Misunderstanding the expectations of referencing in your work.
  • Heavily reying on an example paper/past paper you have had access to for preparation purposes.


Acting dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an academic advantage, such as:

  • i. Falsifing information, data, evidence or experiemental results; and/or
  • i. Cheating in examinations or other formal assessments, including possession of unauthorised material or technology during an examination and/or attemping to access unseen assessment materials in advance of an examination; and/or
  • iii. Arranging for someone else to impersonate a student by sitting their examinations.

This can happen from:

  • Forgetting to take your revision notes from your person prior to an exam.
  • Forgetting to rub off writing on your arms prior to an exam.
  • Misunderstanding the expectations of what materials/books you are allowed during examinations.


Aiding or attempting to aid another member of the University in order to gain an unfair academic advantage by:

  • i. Unauthorised and/or unacknowledged collaboration of persons in a piece of assessed work, and/or;
  • ii. Allowing a piece of assessed work to be copied by another person or persons.

This can happen from:

  • Letting your friend help you in some part of your assessment when they're not allowed to, even if small.
  • Sharing and creating an assessment together when it's not authorised.

Contract cheating

Obtaining or purchasing work from another person or organisation and submitting it as one's own for assessment, where such third-party input/assistance is not permitted (such as the use of essay mills, buying work online [including code and/or game]) or paying someone else to conduct research for them or sit their examinations.

This includes:

  • Paying someone for help with your work.
  • Buying the work and pretending it is your own.
  • Asking/paying someone to sit your examinations.

Research misconduct

As defined in the Research Integrity Code of Practice (concerns about research misconduct should first be reported to the Registrar, who may refer a matter for consideration under this Regulation).

This can happen from:

  • Not seeking the correct approval from the Brunel Research Ethics Office (BREO) Team.
  • Commencing research that does not yet have approval.
  • Changing topic and data collection style but not updating the BREO.

Fraudulent extenuating circumstances claims

This includes falsifying evidence in support of extenuating circumstances claims (this may also be considered non-academic misconduct as defined in paragraph 21 of the Student Disciplinary Procedure), as well as claims in support of academic appeals.

It's still fraudulent even if:

  • You've been formally diagnosed but compiled your own medical letter.
  • You're struggling to get evidence, and buy/create it instead.
  • It's a fake letter that's true to life — it's still considered fraud.