Academic Integrity and Collusion Guide | Contract Cheating
The above video was made with thankful contributions and support from Dr Deborah Rafalin (School of Arts & Social Sciences), Dr Ryan Stones (City Law School), Dr Helen Spicer-Cain (School of Health Sciences), Dr Russell Gerrard (Business School), Georgia Moustaka and Yewande Akindele (Quality & Academic Development). We would also like to thank the anonymous students who allowed us to interview them for their input.
Academic Misconduct is any action that produces an improper advantage for you in relation to your assessment(s) or deliberately and unnecessarily disadvantages other students. It can be committed intentionally or accidentally.
By upholding Academic Integrity in your work, you choose to share principles in honesty and respect which are desired qualities for future employers.
Union Advice and the University have come together to help you avoid Academic Misconduct. We have produced a short video which will hopefully steer you on the right path for your upcoming assessments!
Top Tips For Avoiding Academic Misconduct:
- If you ar experiecing personal difficulties that may impact your work, please submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim or request an extension. It is better to do this rather than panicking and committing Academic Misconduct. For further information on submitting EC's please see our EC self-help guide.
- During an online exam do not communicate with any students unless your tutors have permitted you to do so. This includes not communicating via WhatsApp, text, phonecall, online chats and social media. If you respond to a group chat message during an exam, even if you did not use any of the info for your assessment you could still be accused of Academic Miscondcut in the form of collusion. It's best to just ignore the chat during the exam and message after. Keep in mind that some students get extra time during exams so try to wait a bit longer after the exam before talking about it!
- Remember that collusion works both ways. You may have written your assessment answer or a draft and a friend wants to see it, promising that they won’t copy. But if they do, they aren’t the only one to have acted without integrity. The sharing of your work is also collusion and liable to be Academic Misconduct.
- Ask for help! There are plenty of resources available to students to help you understand how to correctly reference. Ask your lecturers for guidance if you are unsure, they would rather assist you with your referencing skills than have to refer you to an Academic Miscondcut Panel. You can also check out the Library which has links to useful sources of support, and you can even book a session with a librarian for further guidance. You can also access assessment and studying support via City’s Academic Skills team who like us are impartial and confidential.
- When answering your assessments, do try to cite your sources as you go. Although it might be a pain to give the reference when in the flow of writing, it reduces the risk of you forgetting to put them in at a later stage, thereby better ensuring that everything is cited appropriately.
- Give yourslf plenty of time! The majority of Academic Misconduct cases occur because student's have not left themselves enough time to complete the assessment, and are now looking for a quick short cut. Don't limit your options by leaving your work until the last minute! If you give yourself enough time to plan and prepare you will be more relaxed, and less likely to make awful quick decisions that could impact your academic future.