The University defines academic misconduct as follows:
"It is academic misconduct to commit any act whereby a person may obtain for himself/herself or for another, an unpermitted advantage."
This shall apply whether candidates act alone or in conjunction with another/others. An action or actions shall be deemed to fall within this definition whether occurring during, or in relation to, a formal examination, a piece of coursework, or any other form of assessment undertaken in pursuit of an academic or professional qualification at Swansea University.
Examples of academic misconduct include: plagiarism; collusion; breach of examination regulations; fabrication of data; impersonation of others or the commissioning of work for assessment (this list is not exhaustive.)
The consequences of being found guilty of academic misconduct can be extremely serious and have a profound effect on your results or further progression. The penalties range from a written reprimand to cancellation of all of your marks for the level and withdrawal from the University. For a full list of the penalties, please see sections 12 and 13 of the Academic Misconduct Procedure.
How to avoid Academic Misconduct
The University offers a suite of on-line courses which aim to support students with their studies. One of the courses focuses on academic integrity. If you have not already done so please complete the course which is available on Blackboard under the “my studies” tab. If you have already completed the course you may wish to re-visit the course. You can access the course via your Blackboard account. The course is available under “My Organisations” and is entitled Academic Success Skills for learning, Skills for life. You should then select course “03 Academic Integrity”. Following completion of the self-directed learning, there is a short online quiz, which will only take about 5 minutes to complete, to assess your level of understanding of the learning material. You can revisit the training material and retake the quiz as many times as you wish. On the site there is also a link to a feedback questionnaire, which we would be grateful if you could complete. It will only take 5 minutes and will be anonymous. The data from this will be used for statistical purposes to provide the University with an evaluation of the course content. We respect the privacy of those taking part and as such individual responses are confidential and at no point will students be identified. The full course should take about 1 hour to complete.