I’ve been accused of plagiarism – what can I do?

Academic Appeals - Plaigarism

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I've been accused of plagiarism - what can I do?

If you have been accused of committing plagiarism by your university, we understand that this can be extremely stressful and upsetting. So, what is plagiarism and what can you do?

Plagiarism is a form of cheating where a student submits work claiming it to be their own. Universities will use plagiarism software, such as Turnitin, which will identify any suspected instances of plagiarism. This software produces a report which will flag up sections of your work that appear to have been copied.

This report will then usually be investigated by staff at the university which may result in formal allegations and a meeting to explain your actions. The university should provide you full reasons why they believe you have cheated and offer you a fair chance to respond.

The process of defending these allegations varies, however, all allegations are taken very seriously and can often result in severe sanctions.

You may be told that legal representation is not required but procedures can be complicated and the grounds of appeal may be very limited.

Our university law solicitors are here to advise you on the best course of action. We can help draft a detailed response to provide you with the best possible chance of success to defend your case and where permitted, our university solicitors can represent you at hearings.

We recommend that you contact our higher education lawyers as soon as possible if you have been accused of cheating.

Please contact us on 01633 240743 or by e-mail [email protected] to discuss how our university law solicitors can help you.

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