The term “academic misconduct” refers to any dishonest practice, such as plagiarism, which is used by a student to gain advantage in an assessment or examination. In the event of suspected academic misconduct, Personal Tutors will be contacted by the Student Support Team (SST) to make them aware that there has been potential academic misconduct sent to College and will also be contacted with the outcome when this has been received from the College committee (this can sometimes take up to a few months).
There is no action for Personal Tutors to take if their tutee has had an allegation of academic misconduct and the notification sent by the SST is just intended to keep PT’s informed of the situation. The student themselves may be unaware of any potential allegation of academic misconduct up to the point when College contacts them. College contact students at specific times of the year (for instance, they do not contact students during the exam period, so as not to put them through additional stress). The College contacts the student directly at all points throughout the process.
Students who go to College for an academic misconduct case have the right to be accompanied by another person, who could be their Personal Tutor. This is for the student to make the request, should they wish to do so.
If your tutee contacts you regarding potential academic misconduct from another student, they should be encouraged to approach their course organiser with this information.
The School Academic Misconduct Officer (SAMO) in 2019/20 is Perdita Stevens and the SST deal with the administration of any alleged misconduct.