Student Disciplinary Procedure
Purpose of the Student Disciplinary Procedure
To promote good personal conduct in all students, in order to secure the proper working of the University in the broadest sense.
The procedure will apply to any student who is alleged to have breached the University’s code of conduct by one of the following.
- disruption of, or improper interference with, the academic, administrative, sporting, social or other activities of the University, including offensive behaviour, whether on University premises or elsewhere; (University Council has previously approved a policy for the immediate management of disruptive behaviour on University premises.)
- obstruction of, or improper interference with, the functions, duties or activities of any student, member of staff or other employee of the University or any authorised visitor to the University;
- behaviour which brings the University into disrepute;
- intentional or reckless damage to, or defacement of, University property or the property of members of the University and community;
- misuse or unauthorised use of University premises, facilities or items of property;
- failure to disclose name and other relevant details to an officer or employee of the University in circumstances when it is reasonable to require that such information be given;
- failure to comply with a previously-imposed penalty under these procedures;
- failure to attend a disciplinary interview or provide a statement / response to alleged misconduct when requested to do so by the relevant person of authority;
- distribution of promotional material on University premises without consent from an authorised person. In particular, the University will not tolerate the distribution of promotional material that encourages excessive alcohol consumption;
- failure to treat others (students, staff, neighbours and other people in the community) fairly with respect. (This applies to all communication methods including personal contact, e-mail, written communication and social community websites.);
- anti-social behaviour including noise disturbances (see Noise Nuisance Protocol)
- acts of dishonesty, including theft, fraud, deceit, or deception in relation to the University, its staff or students;
- action likely to cause injury, impair safety or raise false alarm on University premises, e.g. acts involving damage to or discharge without just cause of, or other misuse of or interference with, a Fire Extinguisher or other Fire Safety Equipment; (such acts endanger the University community and are likely to result in severe sanctions.)
- harassment of any student, member of staff, or any authorised visitor to the University, whether sexual, racial or bullying, including defamation of character or slander. (see Dignity and Respect policy)
- violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening or offensive behaviour or language whilst on or off University premises whether directed towards a member of staff, another student, professional service staff (eg Police, ambulance, fire crew) or a member of the public;
- breach of the provisions of the University's Code of Practice for Freedom of Speech;
- conduct which constitutes a criminal offence where that conduct: takes place on University premises, or affects or concerns other members of the University community, or damages the good name of the University, or itself constitutes misconduct within the terms of these procedures.
- obstruction of, or improper or fraudulent interference with, attendance monitoring of any student by the University;
- permitting another student to copy, verbatim or in substance, formative or summative assessed coursework (this includes providing an opportunity for another student to copy work, even if it was not the explicit intention that the work should be copied). Being party to any act, otherwise than for a bona fide academic reason, allowing the sharing of any such assessed work on a website or in any other medium; the fact that work has already been assessed when it is so copied or shared shall not negate the offence.The Assessment Irregularity Procedure should normally be followed if the student subject to the offence has not received a confirmed mark for the work in question by the Board of Examiners at the point of investigation;
- any other act or behaviour which may be reasonably interpreted as misconduct notwithstanding the lack of equivalent examples above.
Reports of infringement of the University’s code of conduct should be submitted, in the first instance, to the relevant local authority, eg the head of school, the warden of a hall of residence, the director of the service.
Often, the disciplinary matter will be dealt with by the local manager or a nominee on their behalf:
- the Head of School
- the warden or Director of Accommodation
- the Director of Information Services and Systems
Student Progress deals with allegations of misconduct which arise from other areas of the University and serious disciplinary offences are always referred to Student Progress. If you are accused of an offence you may be interviewed - you can be accompanied to the interview by a friend / supporter. You will normally be asked to make a written statement and then a decision shall be determined.
Failure to attend a disciplinary interview or provide a statement / response to alleged misconduct when requested to do so by the relevant person of authority, may result in the disablement of the student’s smartcard by Student Progress Service or in consultation with Student Progress Service by another service. The student shall be notified in writing that they must engage within 7 days or they shall be suspended from their degree programme until they do engage.
Impartial advice on the disciplinary procedures may be sought from Student Progress Service. Assistance for students who are the subject of the procedure may be sought from the appropriate Officers of the Students’ Union, the Student Advice Centre within the Union Society or from a Personal Tutor.