This meeting will usually take place if you did not accept a Level A penalty at a School Meeting, or if the offence occurred in an exam or for any other serious offence attracting a high penalty (Level B and above).
The meeting is arranged to discuss the allegations and whether you accept the allegation or not. Any available evidence will also be provided to you. You will have every opportunity to talk about your side of the case. You may feel as if the allegation is not fair and you have grounds to challenge the allegation.
If this is case you may bring evidence (such as drafts, notes or other material) to show that you did not breach the regulations.
The Academic Misconduct Officer will also discuss with you what your options are. Generally, the three options available to you will be:
- To accept the penalty. This means you accept the allegation made against you is correct and the penalty that is being suggested is appropriate.
- To accept the allegation but reject the penalty. This means you accept the allegation but feel that the penalty being applied is too harsh for what took place.
- To reject the allegation. This means you do not accept what is being alleged against you and you wish to challenge it.
You will be given 7 days to decide whether you reject or accept the allegation or penalty in order to consider your case and seek further advice.
If you accept the penalty, they will notify your School and the penalty will be applied.
If you decide to reject the allegation, they will explain the process for rejecting the penalty and you will be asked to draft an Evidence Based Proposal within 10 days from the date of deadline. Please read our guide on writing an Evidence Based Proposal
. We would highly recommend that you speak to a Students’ Union adviser if you have not already.