If you're suspected of committing an academic offence
If you're suspected of committing an academic offence, your department, school or centre is formally required to investigate the allegation.
Meeting to discuss the allegation
If you receive an email about an allegation asking you to attend a meeting, this is because a concern has been raised about work that you have submitted for and it is being investigated. You will be invited to a meeting either with an adjudicator from your department, the faculty or an Academic Offences Committee who will discuss the concern with you and to give you the opportunity to respond.
Notification of the meeting will be sent to you at least one week in advance, along with a copy of the evidence. You should follow the instructions in the invitation and confirm your attendance as soon as possible.
Help and support
If you have an academic offence allegation made against you, help and support is
available to you.
The Student Services Hub can direct you to the Student Progress Team that can advise you on the
Academic Offences Procedures, or to any other relevant support and wellbeing
services that may be required.
If you have a disability or an ongoing medical condition, and you are having difficulties in taking part in these procedures, then we can also consider making individual arrangements for you. To find out if this is available for you, please contact the Student Wellbeing and Disability Service via the Student Services Hub.
What happens at the meeting?
On the day of the meeting, you should arrive at the time on your invitation to ensure you are seen. Make sure you know the location of the room or use the FindYour Way campus map to find it.
During the meeting,
the details of the concern will be explained to you and you will be able to ask any
questions you need to in order to ensure you fully understand the allegation.
You will then be given an opportunity to respond to the allegation and can present
any explanation, defence or mitigation. You will also likely be asked questions
about your response.
Once the discussion is complete, the decision will be
confirmed to you, either immediately and/or after the meeting in writing.
Bringing someone with you to the meeting
You can bring someone with you to the meeting, but they must be a member of
the University of Essex. This means they must be either a current student or
staff member here, or a member of SU Advice. Unfortunately, you cannot ask a
family member, friend or another person, unless they fall into the above categories.
If you can't attend the meeting
Meetings are not normally rearranged and should take precedence over other
appointments. If you cannot attend the meeting, you may submit a written
statement for consideration, along with any evidence.
Penalties and implications of an academic offence
The adjudicator will first decide whether an academic offence has been proven or
not, but the penalties for proven academic offences can have serious implications
on your continuing studies. The full range of penalties can be found in the penalty
guidelines of the Academic Offences Procedures (.pdf).
If an academic offence is proven against you, then you will be informed of the
penalty and you can find out what implications this may have on your academic
progress. You may be prevented from applying for certain placements for Study
Abroad or work placement, and you may have your University scholarship or
If you receive professional accreditation as part of your course
(such as holding a Qualifying Law Degree), then relevant professional bodies may
be informed of any academic offences, and this may affect your status.
who are subject to the Fitness to Practise Procedures (.pdf) may also be referred to
other University authorities to be handled in accordance with these separate
As well as having a formal penalty applied, you may be told to complete the online
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism course AND/OR to attend an Academic
Integrity Tutorial. In such cases, completion and attendance is compulsory.