If the University believes you’ve not followed good academic practice, you will be invited for a meeting with an
Academic Conduct Officer (ACO). They can also be called an Academic Conduct Educator (ACE), but it’s the same
In the meeting, the ACO will ask whether you understand why you’ve been invited to the meeting and explain what
they think the problem is.
They’ll often talk about your similarity score, so it is important tounderstand what your Turnitin score meansby reading our guide.
Academic Conduct Viva/ Viva Voce (ACV):
If the University believes that the work is not your own, you may be invited to a Viva Voce with an Academic
Officer. A Viva Voce is a spoken exam. This is sometimes called an ACV (Academic Conduct Viva)
You will be asked questions about how you wrote the work and what it means. Before the meeting, reread your work
and prepare any
evidence that the work is yours, like drafts or research notes.
Academic Conduct Officer (ACO) Meeting:
If the University believes you have not followed good academic practice, you will be invited for a meeting with an Academic Conduct
Officer (ACO). In the meeting, the ACO will ask whether you understand why you’ve been invited to the meeting
and explain what the problem is.
There is more informationhereand in theAcademic Integrity Guide.
- If you deny misconduct, explain why you deny it and mention any evidence to support this.
- If you admit misconduct, explain why it happened and mention any mitigating circumstances such as illness,
or other personal problems beyond your control.
- Either way, answer the ACO’s questions honestly and ask if you don’t understand anything.
The outcome will depend on the amount of affected work and whether you did it on purpose for an advantage over
students. Unintentional academic misconduct is still a problem. You can find the potential outcome for you from
university's Scale of Outcomes Table.
If your mark appears as AD on SOLAR it is being investigated and it’s very likely you will receive an invitation
to a meeting with an ACO. If you have been waiting for this for a
period of time, please contact your Faculty Registryand if you do not receive a response then contact Your Advice Service. Your marks will appear as “AD” on SOLAR until the marker
has decided that there is no academic misconduct, or you have had your meeting and received an outcome letter.
Academic Conduct Panel (ACP):
If the University believes that the allegationis very serious or complex, or you have more than one previous
offence, you may be invited to an Academic Conduct Panel (ACP). If you are invited to an ACP, contact Your
Service as soon as possible by completing our enquiry form. Please make sure to attach your meeting invitation letter,
copy of your Turnitin report and any other evidence sent with your invitation. Please also let us know if this
not your first offence.
Types Of Offence:
- Plagiarism - using someone else’s work without reference or citation. This can include buying work
from others, (which is very serious and is known as contract cheating) or re-submitting work from another
assessment, which is self-plagiarism.
- Collusion - working with another or others on work which should be completed alone.
- Examination Misconduct - cheating during an exam, which can overlap with the above offences, if the exam is
- Fabrication - making up, changing, or copying experiment results or research.
Turnitin is the University’s text matchingsoftware. You can find more about thishere.
Turnitin generates a report which shows when matches have been found. It does not identify plagiarism but can
provide information to academic staff about academic misconduct. Because of this there is no safe Turnitin
score. If you’re allowed to submit drafts of your work, you can use this to check if you have forgotten to
reference or paraphrase properly.
How Can Your Advice Service Help You?
If you are looking for help with an allegation of academic misconduct, please contact Your Advice Serviceas soon as possible when you get your invitation.
Attach your meeting invitation,a copy of your Turnitin Report and any other evidence sent with your invite.
We can help you prepare for the meeting and support you in the meeting, subject to Advisor availability. You
mustgive 24 hours’ notice to the meeting organiser if you are being supported as explained in your invite
If you are unhappy with the outcome, you can appeal within 10 working days of the outcome
You can appeal on the below grounds:
- Procedures were not followed properly.
- The academic misconduct does not justify the severity of the offence.
- You have severe extenuating circumstances which prevented you from making an informed decision on whether to
submitthe assessment and could not make the ACO aware of these during the meeting.
Contact Your Advice Service as soon as possible for more
if you would like to appeal. We’ll need the outcome letter, meeting invitation and evidence files attached
the enquiry form; it would also be useful to know the ground(s)on which you intend to appeal.