Swansea University

17. Action following the Committee of Enquiry

Action to be taken following the Committee of Enquiry - all other cases

17.1

When the Committee of Enquiry has investigated the facts of the alleged academic misconduct the Secretary shall in his/her report state whether or not the allegation has been substantiated and shall state any penalty to be imposed.

17.2

If the finding of the Committee of Enquiry is that a case has not been substantiated, the Chair of the Committee of Enquiry may inform the candidate verbally of this. Irrespective of whether or not the candidate is informed verbally, Academic Services shall notify the candidate, formally in writing, of the Committee of Enquiry's findings and that the matter is therefore closed.

17.3

If the finding of the Committee of Enquiry is that the allegation has been substantiated, the Chair of the Committee of Enquiry may inform the candidate verbally, but there shall be no discussion of the Committee's decision with the candidate. Irrespective of whether or not the candidate is informed verbally, the Director of Academic Services shall inform the candidate of the findings, in writing, and the penalty imposed.

17.4

A candidate shall be informed of his/her right to request a final review of the outcome determined by the Committee of Enquiry.  Any such request must be submitted to the Director of Academic Services within 14 working days of the date of the letter/email to the student confirming the outcome of the Committee of Enquiry, in accordance with the University’s Final Review Procedure.  Students should note that a final review of the outcome could result in a more severe penalty being imposed (e.g. if the current outcome is cancelled and the case is referred for a new determination). 

17.5

Where the allegation has been substantiated, the relevant Examining Board will determine the candidate's overall progression/award decision, in light of the penalty imposed by the Committee of Enquiry.

17.6

If the Committee of Enquiry has decided that the mark obtained for the unit of assessment, in which academic misconduct has occurred, shall be cancelled, the Examining Board shall award a mark of zero for the unit and shall then determine the candidate's overall result.

17.7

Normally, the University would not make any public pronouncements of decisions of Committees of Enquiry. However, the University will maintain a record of all cases, which will be available to the public on request.

17.8

The Academic Regulations and Cases Board shall receive an annual report on issues relating to academic misconduct.