What to expect from an Academic Misconduct Appeal?
If the university suspects that you may have committed academic misconduct, they will write to you explaining what offence they think you have committed and send you evidence.
You have a period of 10 working days from the date of their letter (which will also be sent to your university email account) in which you may appeal the allegation. The appeal process is designed to give students the opportunity to question the allegation.
Misconduct offences are dealt with as either minor or major offences. You can calculate the potential outcome of a proven offence by looking at the penalty tariff provided alongside your letter.
I want to Appeal - What Next?
The appeals process can seem daunting, but help is at hand! The Students’ Union Advice Service is here to help you deal with cases of academic misconduct and can talk you through your case, either by appointment or drop in.
We can also accompany you to the panel meeting to make sure you fully understand what is being said and that you have a fair opportunity to get your point across and answer any questions you may have.
Preparing a Statement
It is advisable that you prepare a statement to explain why you are appealing. Your statement should be written by you in your own words. It can then be checked by the Academic Caseworker, at the Students’ Union Advice Service for clarity and accuracy.
Understanding the Appeal Process
What will my panel meeting be like?
Panel meetings follow a formal process but aim to make you feel as comfortable as possible. The panel usually consists of two university academics. The Chair will be a representative from your faculty and the fellow academic will have no connection with you or your course. There will also be a member of staff from Academic Services whose job it is to take minutes of the meeting.
You will be asked a series of questions about your work. If there is anything you don't understand or if you become upset during the meeting, the Academic Caseworker is there to support you.
While the meeting is in progress, the panel won't have access to your academic records so that any decision they make is based solely on the evidence presented to them.
The decision of the panel will be communicated to you by letter and email within 14 days.
Appealing the Panel's Decision
It is generally only advised for you to appeal a panel's decision if you are able to provide new evidence to the panel, which was not available at the time of your initial panel meeting or if you have reason to believe that university procedure was not correctly adhered to (you will need to evidence this).