Help for Exams and Assessments


If you've acted in a way which breaches a King’s College London rule, regulation, policy or procedure then you may have committed misconduct. The most common acts of misconduct include plagiarism, cheating in exams, collusion and disciplinary related matters (which do not relate directly to academic studies). It’s important to be aware that misconduct is not always intentional, but it's your responsibility as a King’s student to be aware of the regulations so you don’t find yourself breaching them!

Read on to find out more about some common types of misconduct and how to avoid them.

Exam hall offences

This relates to misconduct taking place during an assessment and could include taking unauthorised material such as notes into the exam hall, using a mobile phone, or failing to stop writing at the end of your exam. Find out more in our cheating misconduct guide.  


Collusion is when two or more students collaborate, without permission from the programme of study, to produce individual assessments that, when compared, significantly overlap in content, order, structure and format. Find out more in our collusion misconduct guide.


Disciplinary offences are not linked to your academic studies and could include vandalising College property, abusing other students or College staff or misuse of College IT systems. Find out more in our disciplinary guide.  


The College defines plagiarism as the taking of another person's thoughts, words, results, judgements, ideas, etc, and presenting them as your own.  Plagiarism is a form of cheating and a serious academic offence. Find out more in our plagiarism misconduct guide

How can the Advice Service help me if I am accused of misconduct?

We know how stressful it is to be accused of misconduct, so we’re available to provide support and advice throughout the process. Our friendly caseworkers can talk you through the misconduct procedure and ensure you understand the process you’ll be involved in as well as the possible outcomes. We can:

  • assist you in putting together a written statement and identifying relevant supporting documentation.
  • spend time with you before attending a meeting or committee, to ensure you are well prepared and able to answer any questions you may be asked.
  • accompany you to any meetings or committee related to your misconduct.  Our attendance will be in a guidance and support role, rather than representative on your behalf.
  • help you understand your committee outcome, and assist with the appeals procedure if necessary.

For more information about what to expect if you are accused of misconduct, log in and contact us