The University has a detailed policy on academic misconduct - see the link below. This is an extract of the section covering plagiarism:
[Extract from the April 2020 statement]
Universities classify plagiarism as ‘ academic misconduct’. Where attempts have been made to avoid plagiarism but this has been inadequate, the term used is ‘poor academic practice’. In addition, Universities provides formal procedures for determining whether a penalty should be applied and the level of that penalty.
Take a look at the table of penalties applied for plagiarism towards the end of the Academic Integrity and Academic Misconduct section of the Assessment handbook. These are clearly serious actions and in most cases the actual offence is minor and only limited action would be taken – usually near the bottom of the table. All suspected cases of plagiarism (whether ‘academic misconduct’ or ‘poor academic practice’) are referred to the SDTL to ensure that a consistent and fair policy is adopted.
As can be seen from the table, more serious cases are referred upwards through the University’s committees. Where the matter is considered ‘poor academic practice’, then the School applies an agreed set of common penalties. Where it is considered that plagiarism has occurred, with a classification of ‘Academic Misconduct’, then the detailed University guidance is followed which could result in a mark of zero for the submission or, for more serious cases, one of the more severe penalties indicated in the table.
We do appreciate that students are here to learn both the scientific basis of their degree and how to act in a professional manner when presenting work. The above penalties are therefore graded to impose only a minor penalty when the ‘plagiarism’ is considered more a failure to understand how to prepare the submission rather than a deliberate attempt to obtain marks using other people’s work.
We also recognise that students need to learn about plagiarism and to get appropriate feedback when work is considered to contain unacceptable material. However you should also note that we do record cases when one of the above penalties (including a ‘ Borderline Poor Academic Practice’ warning) has been applied and this will be taken into account in assessing any future submissions suspected of plagiarism.