Swansea University

15. Penalties - After an Award has been bestowed

Penalties available to the Committee in cases of Academic Misconduct after an Award has been bestowed


The Committee shall make a recommendation to Senate regarding an appropriate penalty. The Committee should consult the Code of Practice on Academic Misconduct, case history and the candidate’s academic record before imposing a 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. The Committee may wish to take into consideration 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 concerned. The full list of penalties available to the Committee of Enquiry shall be:


the cancellation of the candidate’s marks for the whole or part of a module;


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


reduction of a degree result by one class or the deprivation of a distinction*, as appropriate.

*Distinction refers to any classification of the Award including distinction/merit/commendation etc


the disqualification of the candidate from any future 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 fitness to practise, the case may also be referred to the Head of College or nominee in accordance with the University’s Fitness to Practise Regulations.

Retrieval and Capping

Where the Committee chooses to implement 15.1.1 and 15.1.2, the committee shall also consider whether the candidate shall be permitted to redeem the work in question for a capped mark, in accordance with the assessment regulations for the programme of study.