Considerations around academic misconduct

Luke Jefferies (Swansea University )
Rachel Harrad (Swansea University )
Rob Keasley (Swansea University)

Monday, April 3, 2023 2:30 PM - 3:15 PM

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Session Outline


To learn about the challenges of academic misconduct and academic authorship skills in the context of diverse student bodies. Exploring ways to target interventions and support.


This presentation will outline the reflective approach that led to the development of the current research into higher education institutions’ student demographics and incidences of referred and substantiated academic misconduct. We also acquired information about institutions’ use of Turnitin to help staff identify cases of academic misconduct and if they gave students’ access to Turnitin for pedagogical reasons and report the findings from this study.

Results revealed differences in referral rates by English language competence assessment, by declared disability, and between some ethnic groups and nationalities. No significant differences by demographic were found for substantiated cases of academic misconduct. Most of the responding institutions used Turnitin for both detection and pedagogical purposes although some reported variations in use for pedagogical purposes by department or module.

Audience involvement

Opportunity for Q&A plus opportunity to discuss practice related experience and implementation.

Key takeaway

Personal tutors are well placed to guide and support students through the risks of academic conventions, which can be embedded in colonial and ableist ideology and structures.

This session addresses the following competencies of the UKAT Professional Framework for Advising and Tutoring
C5 - How equitable and inclusive environments are created and maintained
I5 - The characteristics, needs, and experiences of major and emerging student populations
P2 - Appreciate students’ views and cultures, maintain a student-centred approach and mindset, and treat students with sensitivity and fairness