Handling a breach

If you identify something that may constitute a breach of academic integrity, the suspected case should be passed to the relevant course convener. Note even if a student withdraws from a course, a potential breach of academic integrity in that course will still need to be investigated to its conclusion.

Course convenors will need to review any information, and if it appears there may be a breach, meet with the student and make a determination. This is outlined in the 'Course Convener Academic Integrity Flowchart' availablebelow.

Once the Course Convenor has completed the checklist, they could use the relevant correspondence templates available below to make the process as straightforward as possible.

The flowchart and checklist outline the process, which involves:

  1. Determining whether a breach may have occurred
  2. Meeting with the student.
  3. If the breach constitutes 'Poor academic practice', counselling the student appropriately.
  4. If the breach might be more serious, referring it to ASQO for us to escalate it to your Associate Dean or the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. (see 'Inquiry Officer (Associate Dean) Academic Integrity Flowchart' available below)

All the advice required to complete the process can be found under 'Related guidance' section on this page and all the supporting documents are available below.