Academic Support


DUSA Advice & Support service provides Dundee University Students with advice on all matters related to their academic student journey. This includes:

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We can also help with other issues related to your academic life.

Our team is here to give students guidance on the University Regulations, appropriate steps to take, and support through the process.

If you would like to make an appointment with DUSA Advice, email advice@dusa.co.uk

Academic Integrity

At DUSA, we believe in fostering a community built on the principles of honesty, responsibility, and ethical behaviour. Academic integrity is the foundation of a thriving educational environment, where every student’s achievements are a true reflection of their efforts and abilities.

What is Academic Misconduct?

Academic misconduct encompasses actions that compromise the educational process and devalue the learning experience. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, fabrication, and unauthorised collaboration/collusion. Such behaviours not only erode the trust within the academic community but also diminish the value of education for all.

Engaging in academic misconduct not only jeopardises your academic standing but also undermines the credibility of our institution. Consequences may include academic penalties, disciplinary actions, and termination of studies – leading to long-term impacts on your academic record.

Upholding Academic Integrity

We encourage every student to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. This involves producing original work, citing sources properly, and adhering to the guidelines set forth by your instructors. Adhering to academic integrity is a commitment to personal growth, ethical conduct, and the preservation of the academic community’s integrity.

Types of Academic Misconduct:

Plagiarism: Presenting someone else’s work, ideas, or intellectual property as your own without proper citation.

Examples: Copying and pasting from online sources, using someone else’s essay or assignment, not citing sources.

Self-plagiarism: Re-using your own previously submitted work. You cannot be marked for your work you have already submitted and received grading on.

Cheating: Using unauthorised aids or methods to gain an unfair advantage in exams, quizzes, or assignments.

Examples: Looking at someone else’s paper during an exam, using cheat sheets, and unauthorised collaboration.

Fabrication: Creating or falsifying information, data, or sources to deceive instructors.

Examples: Making up references in a bibliography, fabricating research data, and inventing quotes.

Collusion: Collaboration with others (friends/classmates) when individual work is required.

Examples: Sharing answers with classmates when collaboration is prohibited, and working together on an assignment without permission.

Contract Cheating: Hiring someone else to complete academic work on your behalf.

Examples: Paying someone to write an essay, or using a professional service to complete assignments.

Unauthorised Access: Gaining unauthorised access to exam materials, teacher’s files, or confidential academic information.

Examples: Trying to gain access to exam questions, and stealing a copy of an upcoming test.

Consequences of Academic Misconduct

Academic Penalties

Grade reduction
Chance to resit capped at D3
Lowering of the overall course grade.
Failing the course may lead to having studies terminated

Disciplinary Actions

Formal warning
Academic probation, restricting access to certain privileges.
Suspension from the institution for a specific period.

Permanent Academic Record

A record of academic misconduct on your permanent academic transcript.
Difficulty in transferring credits to other institutions.
Adverse impact on future educational and career opportunities.
Cancellation of student visa, if an international student.

How to Avoid Academic Misconduct

Understand Academic Policies

Familiarise yourself with the University of Dundee’s policies on academic misconduct. The University’s Academic Misconduct by Students Code of Practise can be found here: Referencing code of practice for students

Proper Citation and Referencing

Always give credit where it is due. Properly cite and reference all sources used in your work according to the required citation style. This includes paraphrasing, direct quotations, and referencing various sources appropriately. 

Originality and Integrity

Produce original work that reflects your understanding and ideas. Avoid copying from sources without proper attribution and never submit work that is not your own.

Time Management and Avoiding Pressure

Manage your time effectively to avoid the temptation of taking shortcuts or resorting to unethical practices due to last-minute pressures. Procrastination can often lead to academic misconduct. The Academic Skills Centre provides some helpful advice on this, which you can find here: learningspaces.dundee.ac.uk

Seek Clarification and Guidance

If you are unsure about what constitutes misconduct or have questions about citing sources or collaboration, seek guidance from your professors, academic advisors, or university support services. Clarity prevents unintentional violations.

Maintain Ethical Collaboration

When collaborating on assignments or projects, adhere to the guidelines set by your instructors. Clearly define the boundaries of collaboration and ensure that each member contributes fairly and ethically.

Resources for Maintaining Academic Integrity

Awareness sessions: Join the informative sessions conducted by DUSA and the University of Dundee to understand the nuances of academic integrity and ways to avoid unintentional misconduct.

Academic Skills Centre: The Centre offers guidance on proper citation, paraphrasing, and other writing techniques to ensure your work is a true reflection of your understanding.  Academic Skills Centre | University of Dundee, UK

University of Dundee: Code of Practice – Academic Misconduct by Students

University of Dundee: Guidance on the use of generative artificial intelligence for students

University of Dundee: Guidance on proofreading of written submissions for assessments

Academic Skills Centre: Guide to Collusion vs Collaboration

English for International Students courses | University of Dundee, UK

Library Services | University of Dundee, UK

VPA: Vice President of Academia –  vpa@dusa.co.uk

DUSA Advice and Support: For any queries or concerns related to academic integrity, feel free to contact – advice@dusa.co.uk

Video Resources

Don’t Cheat yourself! – produced by CTIL, University of Dundee

Academic Integrity – produced by DUSA

Academic Appeals

An academic appeal is a request to review the decision of the Programme Assessment Board. This is a formal process, guided by specific regulations. 

If you wish to appeal email advice@dusa.co.uk   they can guide you through the process.

Refer to Appeals | University of Dundee, UK for more information on the grounds.


The University of Dundee puts students at the core of everything it does and aims to provide an environment that supports students to succeed.

Most students will go through their university journey without encountering any issues. However, unfortunately, things can go wrong. If you are dissatisfied with a service the University is delivering, unhappy with the delivery of your course or have been the victim of harassment, then you may raise a complaint with the University.

The University of Dundee has a Complaints Handling Procedure that you are invited to follow should you wish to submit a complaint. Any matter of complaint will be investigated through a fair, efficient and transparent process.

Further information on the complaints procedure is available:


Dignity at work and study policy and procedures (harassment and bullying) | University of Dundee, UK

Informal Resolutions

Mitigating Circumstances

Link to the Understanding Mitigating Circumstances Session.

Mitigating or extenuating circumstances refer to unforeseen or exceptional situations that significantly impact a student’s ability to meet their academic responsibilities. These circumstances could be health-related, personal, familial, or any other unexpected events that may affect a student’s well-being and academic performance.

Examples of Mitigating/Extenuating Circumstances:


Health Issues

Serious illness or injury affecting the student or their immediate family.

Mental health challenges that impact academic engagement.


Family Emergencies

Death or severe illness of a close family member.

Unforeseen family crises that require immediate attention.

Unforeseen Personal Challenges:


Sudden financial difficulties

Legal issues or unforeseen personal crises.

Recurring Circumstances:


Recurring circumstances

These refer to challenges that persist or recur over an extended period, impacting a student’s ability to consistently meet academic requirements. These may include

Chronic Health Conditions and ongoing health issues that require continuous management.

Family or Personal Struggles: Recurring family challenges or personal circumstances that persist throughout the academic year. Long-term Mental Health Conditions:

Persistent mental health conditions that require ongoing attention and support.

How to Address Mitigating/Extenuating Circumstances


Notify instructors as soon as possible when facing challenges.

Keep lines of communication open with academic advisors and support services.


Provide appropriate documentation, such as medical certificates or official statements, to support your case.

Seeking Support

Utilise available support services, including counselling, health services, and academic advising.

Academic Accommodations

Work with instructors and relevant academic personnel in advance to explore potential accommodations, such as deadline extensions or alternative assessment methods.

Recurring circumstances

You should seek support and guidance for ongoing circumstances as soon as possible. These are called recurring circumstances. Examples include:

Get help from Stay on Course if you are a student | University of Dundee, UK and they will help. If it is a disability-related issue then you should contactor Disability Services | University of Dundee, UK. These teams can work with you and your School to create a support plan that will provide you with ongoing support throughout your studies.

Fitness to Practise

A student’s FTP is called into question when their professional behaviour falls below expected levels or where their health raises a serious or persistent cause for concern about their ability to continue on their course or to practise in their field after registration.

Vocational courses, such as Nursing, Midwifery, Veterinary, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work and PGDE, carry with them expectations of professionalism and are covered by strict codes of conduct set by their professional bodies. Students in these courses must demonstrate that they are at all times in good health and of good character to pursue their studies and qualify. This means they must be fit to practise. 

The day-to-day oversight of your adherence to professional standards is delegated to Dundee University whose job it is to prepare you for final registration. The University’s rules which cover breaches of professional standards are called Fitness to Practise Regulations.  

If the University has concerns about your conduct, the Fitness to Practise regulations will be invoked. Concerns may arise from an incident that takes place within or outside the University.

Examples of students’ conduct that may raise concerns are:

Outcomes of the process range from verbal warnings to being withdrawn from the course.  If you are called to a Fitness to Practise hearing, make an appointment with DUSA advice team: advice@dusa.co.uk




Adviser of Studies / School support

Login to evision -My Student profile – Course/Programme Information – Locate the name of your Advisor

You can find out who your Adviser is through eVision. They are there to help you understand and navigate your academic journey through the University. They may also be able to help you with wider, non-academic concerns (which may cross over with academic concerns) by signposting you to relevant support available.

As a minimum, your adviser of studies should meet with you once during the welcome week a further two times during the 1st semester AND once in each of the following semesters.

Any issues with this contact your school office.

Changing/Leaving Your Course

Check if any changes to your course will affect your Student visa status.


Resits, resubmissions and repeats

Find out how resits, resubmissions and repeats can have implications on your student visa status. –dundee.ac.uk/guides/resits-resubmissions-and-repeats

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