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At Newcastle we value high standards of academic and personal conduct from our staff and students. Conduct is an important part of maintaining and developing our reputation.  Expected standards of good academic and personal conduct are set out in full in the Student Charter but key extracts can be found below.

Good Academic Conduct

Good academic conduct reflects the values which underpin academic life, such as honesty, integrity, a shared community of ideas and respect for others’ work.  The Right-Cite for Good Academic Conduct pages give a detailed account of the issues governing academic conduct and provide access to a range of resources for staff and students.

Students are expected to:

  • maintain high standards of academic conduct and honesty;
  • be familiar with and apply the guidance provided by their school on good academic practice including the avoidance of plagiarism and other academic misconduct such as the purchase or misuse of the work of others;
  • ensure that their submitted work is their own and that they acknowledge appropriately any use made of the work of others as recommended at in the the Right-Cite for Good Academic Conduct;
  • abide by the Rules Governing the Conduct of Examinations.

Where an allegation of academic misconduct is made, the University will investigate and will take appropriate action in accordance with the Assessment Irregularity Procedure.

Good Personal Conduct

The central activities of the University of learning, teaching and research can only be achieved if members of the University Community have mutual trust, respect and confidence to permit freedom of thought within a framework of respect for others in the community.

The University requires students to conduct themselves in a reasonable and proper manner at all times, both on and off campus.

Students are expected to:

  • observe University rules for the use of University facilities and behave responsibly on campus, in University accommodation and in the community;
  • observe a general duty of care to fellow students, the University and any relevant professional body;
  • express their opinions in a mature and constructive way;
  • treat fellow students, members of staff, neighbours and other people in the community with courtesy, fairness and respect regardless of their personal circumstances, race, ethnic origin, age, gender, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, religion and belief, disability or political views and respect the privacy of students and staff;
  • treat buildings and facilities on campus, at their accommodation and in the community with care and respect;
  • demonstrate the above standards in all verbal and written communication, including via social media and e-mail.

The University will take appropriate action where a proven breach of its policies/regulations relating to student conduct has occurred.  For further information please view the webpage ‘Misconduct and How it is Dealt With’.