What’s the problem?

I have been invited to a meeting about Academic Integrity.

What can we do to help?

On making contact with the Students’ Union Advice Service, we will:

  • Discuss the details of your case and any concerns.
  • Explain the procedure and the format of the hearing or meeting.
  • Support you to prepare for the meeting, including preparing any response to the allegation.
  • Advise you on what evidence you might be able to get to help your case and any witness statements where appropriate. 
  • Explain the possible outcomes and the implications.
  • If an Adviser is available they can attend the meeting with you where the university regulations allow it.
  • Refer you to any other Support Services as necessary.

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How can you contact us for advice?

Email: You can email your query to us at suadvice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk and an Adviser will get back to you. Please try to give as much information as possible relating to your query when you email us.

Drop In to speak to an Adviser: You can call in to see an Adviser during our drop in hours either at City or Headingley Campus. You can find our drop in times here.

Phone to speak to an Adviser: If we have no Advisers available to take your call our reception will take some details from you and pass your information on to us and we will get back in contact with you. If we are unable to get through to you on the phone we will send you an email to let you know we have been unable to get through. If you have provided reception with details relating to your query, we can also send you information that might help. Our number will come up as withheld so keep this in mind when you are waiting for a call back.

Book an Appointment with an Adviser: We have a number of appointments throughout the week at both City and Headingley Campus’ you just need to call 0113 812 8400 and ask to book an appointment with an Adviser and reception will be able to see if there are any at a time that suits you. If not, then they will recommend one of the other ways of contacting us.

Case Study

The student’s problem:

A student contacted the Advice Service as she had received a letter inviting her to attend an ‘Academic Misconduct Board’ to discuss an allegation of Contract Cheating. This is where the University has concerns about whether the work a student had submitted is their own work. The University were concerned about the disparity between the first part of the assignment and the second part which seemed to differ substantially in style and quality. They also had concerns that the ‘Author’ on the properties page of the submitted document was not the name of the student.

Advice given: 

The student adviser advised the student about the University’s Academic Integrity Regulations and the procedure the University uses to investigate and establish whether unfair practice has taken place. The adviser also advised the student on the potential level of penalty they could face if a case were to be found. 

The University had made the student aware that she could submit a written statement for the Panel to consider ahead of the Academic Misconduct Board taking place. 

The adviser established with the student how they had put the work together in order to try and provide an explanation that could allay the concerns that had been put forward by the University. The student had finished the first part of her assignment which she had spent quite a lot of time on, prior to then breaking up with her boyfriend. She had left completing the second part of her assignment until the last minute due to what was going on at the time, which meant that she had rushed it. She could also provide an explanation for the Author of the work being a different name to her own as she could provide evidence of having two different profiles on her laptop.

The adviser advised the student on what information and evidence to include in her statement to the Panel and gave feedback on a draft of it before the student submitted it to the University.
The adviser agreed to attend the meeting with the student and gave them some guidance on how the meeting would be conducted and the kind of questions the panel might ask her. The adviser also advised the student to re-familiarise herself with her work and be prepared to answer detailed questions on it’s content in case the Panel wanted to test her knowledge at the meeting.

The outcome:

The adviser attended the meeting with the student. After the module leader who had raised the concerns had presented their case the student presented their own explanation with the help of the Student Adviser, and answered all of the questions put to them by the Panel.

The Panel adjourned for a brief period while they came to a decision on whether in their view contract cheating had occurred. All parties were then called back into the meeting where the student was informed that based on all of the evidence presented to the Panel (including the student’s written statement and supporting evidence) that the outcome to the meeting was that there was ’no offence found’.

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