Academic Manual

Research Misconduct

Menu

1.6 Research Misconduct

1.6.1 Research Misconduct: Initiation of Proceedings

1.
Cases of suspected research misconduct by research students, including plagiarism, shall normally 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.

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

1.
The following instances of research misconduct may be dealt with by the department/division concerned:
  i)
A first instance of plagiarism in the early stages of the programme of study.
  ii)
A first instance of misrepresentation of results in the early stages of the programme of study.

Further Guidance
1.
The following instances of research misconduct may be dealt with by the department concerned:
  a)
A first instance of plagiarism in the early stages of the programme of study (i.e. prior to upgrading to MPhil/PhD on the PhD programme, or at the end of the first year of study on the MPhil programme), 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.
  b)
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 (after upgrade to MPhil/PhD on the PhD programme) 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.
  c)
A first instance of misrepresentation of results in the early stages of the programme of study (prior to upgrading to MPhil/PhD).
  d)
A first instance of misrepresentation of results in the later stages of the programme of study (after upgrading to PhD on the PhD programme, or after the first year of study on the MPhil programme) which is judged to have been owing to error, misunderstanding or other extenuating circumstances.


1.6.3 Extent of Misconduct: Action Open to UCL

1.
The following instances of research misconduct shall be referred to the Registrar:
  i)
any instance of plagiarism, except those covered in Section 1.6.2 above;
  ii)
any repeated instance of plagiarism;
  iii)
any instance of misrepresentation;
  iv)
any instance of piracy or fraud;
  v)
any instance of any kind of research misconduct which appears in published work;
  vi)
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[1]), other than a first instance falling under Section 1.6.2 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 Section 1.6.2 above.
  e)
Any instance of piracy or fraud, as defined in the UCL Procedures for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Academic Research.
  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 MPhil/PhD.
  g)
Submission of a thesis after the student has been warned not to submit it because of an allegation of research misconduct.
 2.    Procedures for Investigating and Resolving Allegations of Misconduct in Academic Research are available from the Research Governance website.
[1] Where collusion between two or more students is established, all students concerned will be penalised.

1.6.4 Research Misconduct Discovered after Successful Completion of an Examination

1.
UCL has the right to rescind an award if research misconduct is discovered after the examination of a thesis.