To protect the interests of our current and future members we take student misconduct very seriously. Find out more about the damaging consequences students face if they engage in misconduct.
Misconduct goes against our academic integrity, ethical values and risks undermining or threatening to undermine the validity, credibility, security, and fairness of the ACCA Qualification.
Any attempt to engage in such behaviour is taken extremely seriously. We have rigorous procedures to detect, notify, investigate, determine, and communicate academic misconduct allegations. These procedures ensure that all cases are dealt with in a way that is fair, consistent and without bias, and which lead to effective and appropriate outcomes.
Students who engage in misconduct risk:
More detailed information on these consequences are provided below.
Students who engage in misconduct risk being removed from the ACCA student register by ACCA's Disciplinary Committees. This would mean you would be unable to continue studying the ACCA Qualification and could lose the ability to become a future ACCA member.
Taking the ACCA Qualification allows you to develop the skills and ethical values which can provide you with a range of exciting career opportunities anywhere in the world.
Engaging in misconduct puts at risk your opportunity to become an ACCA member and risks damaging your future career prospects.
You may suffer personal reputational damage if you engage in misconduct and this becomes known by others. For example, we are required to publish the outcomes of disciplinary findings on ACCA's website.
The impact of reputational damage can present a number of personal and career challenges.
Should you be found to have engaged in misconduct you may be liable for the payment of costs incurred as a result of the investigation and disciplinary proceedings.
Students who engage with individuals or organisations who promote services such as contract cheating, selling of 'question content' etc. run the risk of becoming victims of crime.
These individuals and organisations may be involved in criminal activity and promote these services as part of a scam or way to misuse your personal data.
Students who interact with these services therefore risk not only engaging in criminal activity themselves but also being the victims of crime.