Why have I been accused of plagiarism?
The marker of your work or the exam invigilator has identified a cause of concern, most commonly related to the way you have referenced.
The marker and your department's 'Academic Integrity Officer' want to discuss their concerns with you and give you the chance to explain.
They might decide you need to attend a further meeting – an Academic Misconduct Panel which could result in penalties
IMPORTANT, If you have taken unauthorised materials or devices into an exam (such as notes, a mobile phone or smart watch), your case will be sent straight to panel. If you have received a letter inviting you to an Academic Misconduct Panel go to the page called 'I have to attend an Academic Misconduct Panel'
What do I need to do first?
Read the University Regulations for Academic Integrity. This explains the different stages of the process and what the outcomes of the interview can be.
These can be found on the web-site of the Office of Student Complaints, Appeals and Regulations (OSCAR) - https://www.surrey.ac.uk/currentstudents/study/complaints_appeals/
Remember that you have to be honest with the University.
Read through your Turnitin report and try to think where the problem might be.
If you had 'special circumstances' at the time of submission, you will need to gather your evidence. 'Special Circumstances' and the evidence you will need are defined in the regulations.
At the meeting you will be asked to explain how you produced your work so look back at sources you used and gather any notes or draft versions you have for the piece of work to be discussed.
Look at the SPLASH webpage to help you understand more about plagiarism and how to avoid it - https://www.surrey.ac.uk/student-personal-learning-study-hub-splash
I need further advice:
You can make an appointment with one of our Academic Advice team. Appointments are for a maximum of 30 minutes, Monday - Friday 10-4pm.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
Year of study
Details of your case, including your Turnitin Report
What you need advice on
Date and time of your interview