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Student academic misconduct

"Southampton Solent University is committed to ensuring the standard and integrity of its awards.  Consequently, any allegation of academic misconduct is a serious matter and will be fully investigated."

What is this and why is this important to me?

This covers instance where you may gain an unfair advantage in an assessment by undertaking any practice of academic misconduct.

You can access a copy of the University's student academic misconduct procedures by clicking on the relevant link below:

Types of academic misconduct

  • Plagiarism.
  • Collusion.
  • Falsification.
  • Replication.
  • Taking unauthorised notes or devices into an exam.
  • Obtaining an unauthorised copy of an examination paper.
  • Communicating or trying to communicate with another student during an examination.
  • Attempting to observe or copy another student's written and/or electronic examination script.
  • Being a party to impersonation in relation to an examination.
  • Submitting a fraudulent extenuating circumstances claim.
  • Purchasing of essays from a third party.
  • Failure to obtain or breach of ethical approval, where this is a requirement of the assessment.

What assessments would be included?

  • Individual written assignments.
  • Group work assignments and presentations both written and verbal.
  • Designs.
  • Images used in presentation/assignments/portfolios.
  • Any work submitted as part of a portfolio including ideas, designs, practical elements etc.
  • Research data, findings and information.
  • Examinations.
  • Viva Voces.

Does academic misconduct have to be intentional?

It is important to note that whether academic misconduct is intentional or unintentional, it is still likely to be deemed academic misconduct. Examples of unintentional academic misconduct are given below:

  • Poor understanding or incorrect referencing.
  • Confusion around paraphrasing.
  • Cultural differences in academic writing and referencing.
  • Fear of asking questions regarding the correct procedure for referencing.
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Where can I get assistance with referencing or writing my assignments?

Free resources include:

  • The University library has books in the study skills collection on 029.65 Floor 1A. They also have a study skills subject guide page.
  • There are online guides on essay writing skills which you can view at succeed@solent found within Solent Online Learning (SOL) or email
  • Use Turnitin to check your work before you submit - you can do this as many times as you want while your submission is in draft. For more information visit Turnitin student help in SOL.

For any queries about the student academic misconduct procedure please contact the student academic misconduct officer:

Tel: 023 8201 6586, ext. 6586

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Do you know what Turnitin is?

The University has an online submission process in SOL. Unless you are told otherwise, when you upload your assignment to SOL, it will automatically go through Turnitin if it is a text-based essay or report. This can identify where your work may contain plagiarism ahead of submitting your assignment. 

For more information visit the Online Submission student help in SOL.


Page last updated on Monday 15 May 2017 at 3.39pm.


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