Academic Integrity

Learn It. Earn it. with integrity

City of Glasgow College is committed to academic integrity across all our learning and teaching activity and has joined UK universities and colleges in promising to protect and promote academic integrity.  That means pledging to uphold the key values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility in our work. We also expect our students to uphold the same values in their studies and to give credit where other people’s work or ideas have been used as references.     

Academic misconduct is a serious issue which affects you, the reputation of our College and the sector as a whole. It takes a wide variety of forms including the use of essay and degree mills, plagiarism, collusion between students and forged or altered qualification certificates. Our College has pledged to promote academic integrity and is committed to supporting students and staff to tackle academic misconduct. Students who knowingly commit academic misconduct, such as deliberately cheating opportunities.   

We are all responsible for ensuring academic integrity is supported and endorsed at City of Glasgow College. It is important that you are aware of and follow the advice and guidance available to know the risks and to help other students avoid being caught out by deceitful behaviour online, such as essay mills offering paid for assessments.  

Academic misconduct can be cited where a student has: 

  • Presented someone else's work as their own.  
  • Given a false reference. 
  • Plagiarism (plagiarism has to do with work, and copyright violation has to do with words. These can be confused) 
  • Using unauthorised sources or notes in examinations or tests. 
  • Copying from other students. 
  • Permitting other students to copy your work.  
  • Soliciting work from others (e.g. individuals, essay banks/ buying work from anonymous sources, referred to as ‘contract cheating’.)
  • Unauthorised collusion where:  
    • The work submitted has resulted from collaboration with others whose contribution has not been acknowledged.  
    • Elements of work could be considered made-up or false e.g. unconfirmed data sources, quotes, narratives/anecdotes, or analysis.