The University of Birmingham takes academic integrity very seriously. If you are accused of plagiarism or an exam irregularity, this will be formally investigated and if you are found to have committed the offence, you will be sanctioned. Click here for full information on student conduct at the University of Birmingham. We can advise you on procedure for the different stages of Student Conduct investigations and a Student Leader may be available to support you in a Conduct meeting.
Plagiarism is the submission of formal academic work without properly citing or acknowledging the work of a third party using the correct standard of referencing.
Click here for further information on plagiarism and tips on how to reference correctly.
You should also refer to your Course Handbook for course-specific referencing requirements.
If your School have concerns that your work is plagiarised they will follow the procedure set out in the Code of Practice on Academic Integrity and you may be invited to a meeting to discuss further. You are entitled to attend a misconduct meeting with a “friend” (who can be a registered student, an academic staff member, Student Leader from the Students’ Association). One of our Advisors can advise you further on this process and arrange for a Student Leader to attend the meeting if requested by you.
Exam irregularities are committed when students bring unpermitted material into an exam, fail to follow instructions, or create a disturbance during an exam. Click here for further information on exam conduct for students.
Students may be under a lot of pressure during the exam period. Please speak to your Student Wellbeing Officer if there is an issue impacting on your ability to study as there may be support available to you. Don’t risk a serious academic penalty by trying to gain an unfair advantage.