The relevant Chair will consider the report and may consult with other relevant members of the Board of Examiners or SPRC. The Chair will take into account:
i. the extent of the academic offence
ii. the degree of intent
iii. the student’s level of study and previous educational background
iv. any previous academic offences by the student
v. the extend of the student’s knowledge or understanding of the concept of academic misconduct, referencing procedures etc
vi. the impact of the penalty on the students’ progress or award.
The relevant Chair may:
i. dismiss the case, notwithstanding the finding and recommendation of the Panel
ii. confirm the finding and the penalty recommended by the Panel
iii. confirm the finding and impose a different penalty from the list below
iv. refer the case to and Academic Offences Committee
v. refer the case to the Director of Education and Student Services to consider invoking the Conduct Regulations or the Fitness to Practise Procedure.
The decision should be communicated to the student in writing normally within eight working days of the decision being made. The letter should set out the allegations against the student and the decision relating to each allegation, giving reasons for the decision.
The student has the right to appeal the decision of the relevant Chair to an Academic Offences Committee, although there is no appeal against the decision to refer a case to an Academic Offences Committee or to refer the case to the Director of Education and Student Services. The outcome letter should signpost the student to their right to appeal (on grounds) within ten working days of receipt of this letter. The outcome letter should also signpost the student to the Appeal to the Academic Offences Committee Form and should highlight the support available from Advice SU and the Student Wellbeing Service.