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EMLC NPQ Academic Misconduct Policy

  1. Introduction

EMLC, as a DfE accredited NPQ provider, is committed to developing a culture of academic integrity and to conducting fair and equitable assessment for all course participants. Assessment integrity involves a commitment to the core values of honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility in all leadership activities and endeavours.

Individuals sometimes fail to act with integrity in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage in an assessment. This is often termed misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with the procedure set out below. As explained below, assessment misconduct includes unintentional acts, where course participants have not familiarised themselves with good academic practice.

  1. Scope

The following policy and procedures apply to any course participants undertaking professional leadership development and learning with EMLC.

  1. What constitutes academic misconduct?

Academic misconduct may take a number of forms. The following is not an exhaustive list but academic misconduct includes:

  1. Responsibilities of Participants

It is the responsibility of participants to develop good assessment practice by taking part in sessions provided by the NPQ course facilitators. Good academic practice means improving your note-making and writing skills, being motivated to undertake self-directed study, seeking advice if in doubt and acknowledging the sources you use by referencing correctly.

Course participants should inform EMLC on application and during the induction process of any specific learning needs and requirements. All learning and assessment processes will be conducted in accordance with our equalities scheme.

You are encouraged to show the results of your reading by referring to and quoting from works on your chosen improvement priority, but you must make it clear which work is yours and which has come from elsewhere, through the use of appropriate referencing as well as in-text citations. You should take particular care not to copy a third party’s summary or paraphrase an author’s work.

When you submit assessed work, you will be asked to confirm it is your own.

It is your responsibility to access the support provided by the accredited providers to help you to develop good leadership, study and assessment skills. Some examples of the support we provide include access to:

  1. Consequences

Being accused of academic misconduct is a serious offence and has the potential to result in a number of penalties depending on the stage you are at in the NPQ course programme and your assessment project. It can mean that you are required to re-submit the work; it may mean that you are given a mark of 0; in the most serious cases, your assessment may be terminated.

  1. Monitoring and Review

EMLC will keep and dispose of all correspondence relating to case of academic misconduct in accordance with GDPR and their data protection management policies.

A report on academic misconduct cases and their outcomes will be produced annually and submitted to the EMLC Project Board.

  1. Other Policies

This procedure shall be implemented with due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity, and foster good relations. The procedure applies equally to all NPQ course participants irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, race, ethnic origin or national identity, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. EMLC is committed to procedures that are fair and transparent, and decisions that are reasonable and have regard to law.

What happens if you are suspected of academic misconduct?

  1. Investigation

If you are suspected of cheating in a formal assessment, the assessor will inform the EMLC Head of Assessment and an investigation will take place.  The investigation will be carried out by the Head of Assessment or a member of EMLC staff identified by them.

The person who is investigating the allegation will determine the best way of doing this. You may be asked to provide your notes, drafts and any other records relating to your preparatory work for the assessment. Any failure to provide this material is likely to be taken into account when a decision is made about potential academic misconduct.

If the evidence indicates that academic misconduct has occurred, it will be reported to the Project Board.  Based on the report of the investigating officer, the Project Board will decide whether the participant should be removed from the programme or, in the case of final assessment, award of the qualification should be withheld.  EMLC will work with DfE and the QA agent throughout the investigation.

The Board will be convened at the earliest opportunity.  You will be informed of the Board’s decision in writing within 5 working days of the meeting.

  1. Right to Appeal

If you are not satisfied with the outcome you have the right to appeal to the main EMLC Board.  The appeal should be submitted within ten working days of the date of the outcome letter.  The appeal should state clearly the grounds for the appeal and include any evidence which, in your opinion, was not considered by the investigating officer.

The appeal will be heard by a sub-group of the EMLC Board convened within ten working days of the date of the appeal letter.

You may choose to bring a supporter to the Appeals Panel hearing.  You will be asked to provide the name and capacity in which the supporter is attending in advance. It is not normally expected that you will have legal representation, but if you believe it is justified in the circumstances, you should make these reasons known to the panel at least three working days in advance of the hearing.

The decision of the appeals panel will be communicated in writing within 5 working days.

If the appeals panel upholds the decision of the Project Board, the DfE and the participant’s school will also be informed.