What if I have to go before an Academic Offences Committee?
- Come into the Advice Centre as soon as possible or let us know by e-mailing email@example.com
- Let us have a copy of any paperwork you have received
- If you want somebody to attend the committee with you, book an Advice Centre Assistant.
- Advise us truthfully of what your situation is. Remember that the Advice Centre is "Confidential, Independent and Impartial". We are not part of the University and we are here to help support and guide you through the process and to ensure that the Univesity procedures are properly adhered to. The more honest you are with us, the better our advice can be.
- We will spend time with you advising of what will happen at the Committee in order for you to be better prepared in what to expect and how best to prepare your case.
- If you have booked an Adviser to attend your meeting with you, you should come to the Advice Centre about 15 minutes before your meeting to ensure you allow plenty of time for any questions and to find the room.
- We will take you to the Academic Offence Committee and will sit with you throughout the meeting.
- After the meeting we will go through what has happened and wait with you until a decision is made.
- You will be offered the opportunity to come back to the Advice Centre to discuss what has happened. You are also encouraged to come into the Advice Centre if a penalty has been imposed to discuss the implications.
- In accordance with the regulations, some of the penalties which can be imposed include:
"a formal warning; the unplagiarised sections of the assignment assessed for the maximum of a capped pass mark; the assignment be resubmitted for the maximum of a capped pass mark; the student resit the examination for the maximum of a capped pass mark; a zero be awarded for the assignment, with resubmission for credit purposes only, but zero to be retained for degree classification; a zero be awarded for the assignment with no resubmission or second attempt permitted; a mark of zero be awarded for the entire module with no resubmission or second attempt permitted; a zero be awarded for the module and the student be permitted to complete credits for a lower award; a zero be awarded for the module/dissertation/project and the Examination Board be instructed to consider the student only for a lower award on the basis of credits already achieved; the student be required to withdraw without being awarded a degree (earned credits can be recorded"
If you would like further information about the University's Academic Offences Procedures please see the following web pages:
University of Essex Academic Offences Procedures