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Good academic practice

The policy on Good Academic Practice (PDF, 990 KB) defines the University's expectations of students in terms of their academic conduct. Conversely, it also defines what is meant by academic misconduct, and explains the process for dealing with suspected academic misconduct, and the possible penalties that may result. Important points include:

  • categories of academic misconduct include plagiarism, multiple submission, falsification, false citation, misconduct in exams or tests, aiding another, coercion, and contract cheating
  • lack of intention, extenuating circumstances or ignorance of the rules are not considered valid excuses for academic misconduct
  • helping another student commit academic misconduct is considered equally seriously as committing it yourself
  • any academic or other consequences resulting from an academic misconduct penalty are entirely your responsibility

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Registry - Undergraduate

Walter Bower House
Eden Campus, Main Street

St Andrews
KY16 0US
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 4089/4219

Dr Stephen Tyre, Associate Dean Students (Arts and Divinity)


Prof Graham Kirby, Associate Dean Students (Science)


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