Swansea University

12. Penalties - Examination Conditions

Penalties Available to the Committee for Academic Misconduct in Examination Conditions


The Committee shall consult the Code of Practice for Academic Misconduct, case history and the candidate's academic record before imposing any penalty. In order to ensure consistency in the application of penalties the University provides guidance on penalties in the Code of Practice on Academic Misconduct. However, the Committee may also wish to take into consideration any mitigating circumstances. The Committee should be convinced that the mitigating circumstances have a direct bearing on the case and, in particular, had influenced the action of the student(s) concerned. The full list of penalties available to the Committee of Enquiry shall be:


the issue of a formal reprimand to the candidate;


the cancellation of the candidate's marks for the examination paper;


the cancellation of the candidate's marks for the module concerned;


the cancellation of the candidate's mark in the module concerned and the preclusion of redeeming the failure until the next academic session;


the cancellation of the candidate's marks in all of the modules for the particular level of study;


the cancellation of the candidate's marks in all of the modules for the particular level of study and the disqualification of the candidate from any future University examination;


In the event of a Committee deciding that the above penalties are inappropriate, the Committee may use its discretion to decide upon an appropriate penalty.

Where an allegation has been substantiated, and this may affect the candidate's ability to practise in a particular profession, the case may also be referred to the Head of College or nominee who will decide whether to inform the professional body. In some instances the Head of College will be obliged to inform the Professional Body.

Retrieval and Capping

The decision whether to allow a student to retake work/assessment(s) shall be taken by the relevant Examination Board, in accordance with the assessment regulations for the programme.

Where 12.1.4 or 12.1.5 is applied prior to the end of the session a candidate may be required to suspend their studies.

The penalty shall be recorded on the student's central record.