How to avoid an academic offence

You can commit an academic offence even if you have no intention of cheating, so you must be vigilant when submitting work for assessment. It's your responsibility to ensure you're familiar with the principles of academic integrity.

Academic integrity, authorship and plagiarism


Complete the tutorial so you understand academic integrity and authorship, and learn how to avoid plagiarism or self-plagiarism.

Artificial intelligence (AI) 

At Essex, we want you to explore generative AI tools responsibly. But when you use these tools, remember to think about things like keeping your data safe, respecting copyrights, and being honest in your academic work. Find out more about the University's policy on using artificial intelligence in your studies.

Speak to your department

Discuss any concerns about your work with your lecturer, Personal Tutor or Supervisor. Some departments have different conventions, so if you're studying modules across different disciplines, you should seek advice from each relevant department.

Your induction

During your induction, your department or school will show you what's expected of you, particularly in relation to referencing and avoiding plagiarism. Information about academic offences is also available in your student handbook.

Get help with academic skills

You can help you with all aspects of academic study and assignment preparation. Find out about our programme of workshops and writing clinics.


Find out about the University's proofreading policy.

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