If you do not uphold the best practice values of academic integrity, you may be accused of academic misconduct. 

Make sure you know about academic integrity and the University's stance regarding misconduct. Check you know about good academic practices and the types of misconduct that students should not commit such as plagiarism, collusion, cheating, deception, fabrication, personation and unauthorised support. Work through the Academic Integrity Tutorial again to become familiar with different types of misconduct. For full guidelines download The University of York Academic misconduct Policies, Guidelines and Procedures for all programmes of study.

Students must not, at any stage of their programme:

Cheat i.e. fail to comply with the rules governing examinations e.g. by making arrangements to have unauthorised access to information;

Collude i.e. assist another student to gain an advantage by unfair means, or receive such assistance;

Commission i.e. seek to gain advantage by incorporating material in work submitted for assessment that has been improved by, or commissioned, purchased or obtained from, a third party e.g. family members, essay mills or other students;

Deceive i.e. intentionally or recklessly present fabricated or misleading information (e.g., relating to medical and compassionate circumstances) in order to gain advantage in regard to an assessment or progression or procedural requirements;

Fabricate i.e. mislead the examiners by presenting work for assessment in a way which intentionally or recklessly suggests that factual information has been collected which has not in fact been collected, or falsifies factual information;

Personate i.e. act, appear, or produce work on behalf of another student in order to deceive the examiners, or solicit another individual to act, appear, or produce work on their own behalf;

Plagiarise i.e. incorporate within their work without appropriate acknowledgment material derived from the work (published or unpublished) of another;

Receive Unuathorised Support: 

  • A parent rewriting sections of your essay before you have submitted it
  • A partner editing and significantly altering the structure of your report
  • Relying on a fellow student's essay from a previous year to write your own essay
  • Paying an essay writing service to write an essay and submitting the whole piece or sections as your own work
  • Paying a code developer to write a code for use in your assessed work

.... and remember that not knowing or not being aware of the different types of misconduct will not work as an excuse. 

What if I am accused of academic misconduct?

The University has a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the awards it gives to students and successfully identifying academic misconduct and penalising offenders is part of that process. Being accused of academic misconduct can be a very stressful experience and can have significant impact on your studies. Although the University aims to penalise students for misconduct, they also ensure that it is a fair process which students are supported through and given opportunity to hear their side of the case. If you are accused of misconduct, you can contact the welfare officers at YUSU or GSA who will be able to support you with you your misconduct case.