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Students may be considered under the Procedure for considering allegations of Assessment Irregularity (PDF) if there is good cause to suspect that an assessment offence has occurred. An assessment offence is considered to be any attempt to gain improper advantage in an assessment (whether in a supervised assessment or in work undertaken in the candidate's own time such as essays or reports or dissertations) or to assist another candidate to gain an advantage or disrupt an assessment.

The way in which the investigation will be handled varies depending on the alleged offence. Definitions of assessment offences are provided within the General Regulations for Students and Programmes of Study and the Procedure. These include:

  • cheating

  • copying and collusion

  • bribery

  • substitution

  • impersonation

  • fabrication

  • deception

  • aiding and abetting

  • any other dishonest practice.

Students may find it helpful to review the resource Cheating unwrapped (PowerPoint) for information on what constitutes an Assessment Offence and for sources of academic support for assessment.

If the Student Conduct and Compliance Team receives an allegation of Assessment Irregularity, the student(s) will be informed in writing and will be invited to respond. The response of the student will be taken into consideration when determining whether a penalty is appropriate. If a penalty is indicated, mitigation may be taken into consideration in determining what the penalty will entail. All possible penalty outcomes are outlined within the Procedure.

Section 3 of the Procedure explains how allegations of plagiarism and re-submission of assessed work will be considered. Course Teams routinely utilise text-matching software to assist with the detection of unoriginal work. The module organiser will exercise their academic judgement to determine whether plagiarism has occurred. Categories of plagiarism are outlined within the Procedure.

Appealing the outcome

Under the terms of the Procedure, students have the right to appeal an outcome under certain circumstances. The process for this is outlined in paragraph 4 of the Procedure.

Support and advice

The Vice President for Education and Welfare is able to meet with students to guide them through the student procedures and provide general advice and support.

Students in the early stages of Higher Education may be unfamiliar with how to reference properly. If you are worried about this, please visit the Study+ pages on Canvas which contain useful information on referencing.

All St George’s students can access an external online support service called Togetherall. This service is available 24/7 and is completely anonymous. They also offer a number of self-guided support courses. More information about Togetherall can be found on the University’s Togetherall webpage and in the following resources:


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