​​​Academic Misconduct  Panel​

Why do I need to attend a panel?

You have had an academic integrity interview already so should be aware of what the issue is.

If you have missed your interview, your case will have been referred straight to panel. Please check back through your University emails to find out when this took place.

There is evidence that you have brought unauthorised materials or devices into an exam.


What will happen at the panel?

You will be emailed a formal invitation to your panel with at least 5 working days notice. The invite will detail the time, date and location of the meeting, as well as who will be on your panel - you need to read your panel invite carefully.

If you have any concerns about the panel membership or see a potential conflict of interest or bias, you should raise this now.

You can be accompanied by a friend or member of the Students' Union Advice team if you wish.

Below is an outline of what you can expect at your panel:

  • When you arrive at the panel you will be welcomed by the secertary who will explain how the panel will run.

  • You will then be asked into the room and introduced to the panel.

  • The panel will ask you questions similar to those you were asked in your interview and will be looking to understand how you put your work together or what happened in your examination.

  • When the panel has no further questions, you will be asked to wait outside whilst they discuss your case.

  • You will then be asked to return to the room once a decision has been made - you will be informed of the outcome verbally on the day.

  • Following the panel, you will receive written confirmation of the outcome via your University email address.

What do I need to do to prepare?

You can prepare in a very similar way to the interview - begin by reading the regulations if you have not already. These can be found here.

Remember that you have to be honest with the University.

If you had 'Special C​ircumstances​' at the time of submission, you will need to gather your evidence. 'Special Circumstances' and the evidence you will need are defined in the regulations.​

Read through your Turnitin report and try to think where the problem might be.

At the meeting you will be asked to explain how you produced your work so look back at sources you used and gather any notes or draft versions you have for the piece of work to be discussed.

If it makes you feel more confident, you can write a statement or notes and take these with you, or you can submit a statement to the panel for them to read beforehand.

Look at the SPLASH webpage to help you understand what the problem might be - https://www.surrey.ac.uk/academic-skills-and-development


What next?

If you did not have time before, now is a great time to start seeking help from SPLASH and your tutors, especially if you have other deadlines coming up.​

What can the outcome be?

The panel can reach the following conclusions:

  1. that the work does not include material that is the product of academic misconduct.

  2. that the work includes material that is the product of poor academic practice.

  3. that the work does includes material that is the product of academic misconduct.

  4. that the work does includes material that is the product of academic misconduct and there is evidence of special circumstances

If your work is deemed to include material that is the product of academic misconduct and there is no evidence of special circumstances, you will be given a penalty. A full list of penalties can be found in 'Table 1' of the Academic Integrity regulations.

Penalties can be increased if your case is deemed to be of high severity.


I need further advice:​

You can make an appointment with one of our Academic Advice team. Appointments are for a maximum of 30 minutes, Monday - Friday 10-4pm.

Please email ussu.advice@surrey.ac.uk with the following information:

Name​, Course, Year of study, Details of your case (including your Turnitin Report and any notes from your interview),  What you need advice on, Date and time of your panel

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