Changes to the Academic Misconduct Policy

September 4th, 2018

Schools and Departments should ensure that course/module handbooks and materials used in academic misconduct training reflect recent changes to the Academic Misconduct Policy. A series of information sessions will take place, and Academic Misconduct Officers will also be required to attend further training.

The Academic Misconduct Policy was recently amended after the Complaints and Conduct team (Service Development, Student Services) proposed important changes. These changes were based on valuable feedback from colleagues in Schools, the Students’ Union, Academic Misconduct Committee members and colleagues from our international campuses. These changes were approved by the Quality and Standards Committee ready for implementation from the start of the next academic year, 24 September 2018.

As a result of these changes, Schools and Departments will need to ensure that course/module handbooks reflect the new regulations and update any materials used in academic misconduct training for new and returning students.

Information sessions

The Complaints and Conduct team will be providing information sessions to introduce the changes.

Introduction to Changes to the Regulations on Academic Misconduct‘ sessions are available to all staff members however they will be particularly useful for colleagues who are involved in the academic misconduct processes, for example:

  • meeting with students regarding potential academic misconduct
  • attending School meetings as a note-taker
  • communicating outcomes to students, personal tutors who provide advice and guidance on the policy to tutees, colleagues involved in training new and returning students etc.

The sessions will provide an overview of the changes and will be an opportunity to raise any queries regarding the new regulations. Available dates for these sessions are as follows:

2-4pm  Thursday 6 September  B37 Psychology Building, University Park
2-4pm  Monday 10 September  C1072 (C48) South Block, QMC
10am-12pm  Tuesday 11 September  A24 Business School South,  Jubilee
10am-12pm  Friday 14 September  B12 Main Building,  Sutton Bonington


Academic Misconduct Officer Training will be provided to School and Department Academic Misconduct Officers responsible for conducting School investigations into allegations.

This training, taking place after the introductory sessions, is compulsory for all Academic Misconduct Officers, new and old, as per the Office of the Independent Adjudicator’s Recommendations on Best Practice and will differ to training provided in the past. Available dates for these  sessions are as follows:

10am-12pm  Tuesday 18 September  B23 Pope Building, University Park
10am-12pm  Friday 21 September  A24 Business School South, Jubilee
10am-12pm  Wednesday 3 October  B1 Hemsley Building, University Park
1-3pm  Wednesday 10 October  B13, Main Building, Sutton Bonington


To register your attendance for any of the above sessions please email

The Complaints and Conduct team are currently updating existing letters and templates and will be producing guidance documents for dissemination. These documents will be shared with colleagues as soon as they are available. If you have any questions regarding the changes or the training sessions please do not hesitate to get in touch via the above email address.

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