Over the last 12 months we have seen a significant rise in instructions from international students accessing degree courses in England and Wales. These students have approached us because they have been accused of academic misconduct breaches such as plagiarism, cheating and collusion.

The Academic Misconduct Procedures for most universities provides for a process whereby an investigation takes place and the student is either punished at that stage or appears before a panel to defend the allegation. Generally speaking, public law rights are imported into the procedures - so the student is entitled to know the full case against him/her, have a fair opportunity to respond to the allegations and for an independen...

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