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I have been informed of an allegation of plagiarism by my programme, what should I do?

Firstly don’t panic, this happens a lot in the University and it sounds serious (which in a way it is) but it is supposed to be a learning experience for the student.

For a simple leaflet explaining the procedure click here.

For a simple flowchart of the stages click here.

At any plagiarism meeting you need to be open and honest, tell them exactly what happened, if you didn’t reference properly or over used a particular source or copied from the internet, then say so, admit you were wrong but have learnt from your mistakes and will attempt to improve your style of writing in the future. Always request further support and a tutorial with the marking tutor if you are given the opportunity to resit.

All students are entitled to representation from the Students’ Union (except at introductory stage). Arrange to meet with the Students’ Union Advice Caseworker ( in good time before any meeting in order to go through the case and prepare. In your email please give a brief explanation of the situation and include your course, year and campus.

NB: with the Nursing and Midwifery programmes paragraph 40 (page 17) in the NMC guidelines specifically makes reference to Plagiarism, if your case is deemed to be serious misconduct this could lead to a potential Fitness to Practise Panel. The HCPC guidelines paragraph 12 (page 12) have similar regulations for Social Work, ODP, OT, Paramedic and Radiography students.

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