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Cases of suspected plagiarism should be investigated with care and concern for both the student and the member of staff raising the case.  The University has produced the following guidance to assist staff in investigating concerns and, where appropriate, taking forward disciplinary action.  

Under the University's definition, plagiarism may be either, or both, poor academic practice or potentially a discplinary offence.  In any investigation, it is important to ensure that the procedure distinguishes clearly between the academic and disciplinary aspects of the case - academic judgement of the work is the responsibility of the Examiners, whereas discipline is the domain of the Proctors, the University Advocate, and the Court of Discipline.

In reviewing the documentation below, the General Board's requirements of Faculty Boards and Policy on the Use of Turnitin UK may be helpful. 

For all courses

For research degrees1

For all other degrees


1Research degrees are the PhD, MSc, MLitt, EngD, EdD, BusD, CPGS, and MPhil by dissertation only.