Malpractice in University Assessments

Malpractice refers to offences that, while they do not fall under the strict definitions of cheating or plagiarism, undermine the integrity of the University's academic assessments.

Malpractice in University assessment means that a student has tried to mislead or deceive the examiners about the work they have submitted for assessment.

Malpractice includes:

  • theft of the work of other students
  • handing in assignments obtained from others, whether within or outside of the University, including on a commercial basis
  • making up results or evidence
  • theft or misrepresentation of identity (including asking others to undertake an assessment)
  • misrepresenting or defaming the work or opinions of others
  • resubmitting your own work when this has already been awarded marks or credits without permission to do so (including if the work submitted was for a different module or for a different qualification)
  • working together with others to submit work which is not entirely your own (except where this is permitted for the specific assignment concerned)
  • making a fraudulent statement concerning the work submitted for assessment or your candidature for assessment (including the false signing of a declaration of integrity)
  • knowingly helping another student to copy your own work or the work of others.

Penalties for malpractice

Cases of malpractice are dealt with very severely, although the penalties applied will vary according to the level of study and the seriousness of the offence.

For detailed information on malpractice, please read the related procedure.


If you are suspected of malpractice the Student Advice Centre will offer support and guidance.