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2.7 Research Misconduct

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Cases of suspected research misconduct, including plagiarism, shall be investigated in accordance with the UCL Procedures for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Academic Research. Exceptions to this requirement are set out below.

2.7.1 Extent of Misconduct: Action Open to a Department/Division

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The following instances of research misconduct may be dealt with by the department/division concerned:
  a)
A first instance of plagiarism in the early stages of the programme of study;
  b)
A first instance of misrepresentation of results in the early stages of the programme of study;
  c)
A first instance of plagiarism in the early stages of the programme of study (prior to the end of the first year of study), including suspected collusion but not including suspected use of a fellow student's or other person’s work without that student's knowledge and consent;
  d)
A first instance of plagiarism (including suspected collusion but not including suspected use of a fellow student's or other person’s work without that student's knowledge and consent) in the later stages of the programme of study in which (a) no more than 30% of the work in question can be demonstrated to have been plagiarised or, (b) in the case of plagiarised data, statistics etc., it can be demonstrated that they are not the main findings or among the main findings on which the argument of the thesis rests;
  e)
A first instance of misrepresentation of results in the early stages of the programme of study (in the first year of study);
  f)
A first instance of misrepresentation of results in the later stages of the programme of study which is judged to have been owing to error, misunderstanding or other extenuating circumstances.

 2.7.2 Extent of misconduct: action open to UCL

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The following instances of research misconduct shall be referred to the Registrar:
  a)
Any instance of plagiarism, except those covered in 2.7.1;
  b)
Any repeated instance of plagiarism;
  c)
Any instance of misrepresentation;
  d)
Any instance of piracy or fraud;
  e)
Any instance of any kind of research misconduct which appears in published work;
  f)
Submission of a thesis for examination by a student when an allegation of research misconduct has been made.

Further Guidance
1.
The following instances of research misconduct must be referred for action by UCL:
  a)
Any instance of plagiarism (including suspected collusion ) other than a first instance falling under 2.7.1 above in which more than 30% of the work can be demonstrated to have been plagiarised or, in the case of plagiarised data, statistics etc. it can be demonstrated that they are the main findings or among the main findings on which the argument of the thesis rests;
  b)
Any repeated instance of plagiarism after a warning has been given, whether or not it exceeds 30%, or involves data, statistics etc. which are not among the main findings on which the argument of the thesis rests;
  c)
Suspected use of another student's or person’s work without that student’s knowledge and consent;
  d)
Any instance of misrepresentation other than a first instance falling under 2.7.1;
  e)
Any instance of piracy or fraud, as defined in UCL’s procedures;
  f)
Any instance of any kind of research misconduct which appears in published work, whether or not the work appears before or after the examination for the doctorate;
  g)
Submission of a thesis after the student has been warned not to submit it because of an allegation of research misconduct;
  h)
Where collusion between two or more students is established, all students concerned will be penalised.

 2.7.3 Research Misconduct Discovered after Successful Completion of Thesis Examination

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UCL has the right to rescind an award if research misconduct is discovered after the examination of a thesis.

2.7.4 Appeal against the Action Taken in the Event of Research Misconduct

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Students cannot contest a decision on academic grounds. Students can only contest a decision on specific grounds as set out in Chapter 1, Section 12: Student Complaints Procedure.