Student Disciplinary Procedure


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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;
  • 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;
  • distribution of promotional material on University premises without prior approval. 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 and with respect. (This applies to all communication methods including, but not limited to, personal contact, e-mail, written communication, any social media or social community websites.);
  • obstruction of, or improper or fraudulent interference with, attendance monitoring of any student by the University or using another student’s smartcard to provide a false identity;
  • 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 at any level;
  • acts of dishonesty, including theft, , deceit, or deception in relation to the University, University documentation, its staff or students;
  • failure to comply with a previously-imposed penalty under these procedures (including non-payment of a disciplinary fine);
  • action likely to cause injury, impair safety or raise false alarm on or off University premises, such as 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;
  • harassment of any student, member of staff, or any authorised visitor to the University, whether sexual, racial or bullying, including defamation. (See also The University Equality & Diversity Policy);
  • any sexual misconduct/sexual impropriety, including, but not limited to, non-consensual sexual activity, sexual violence, assault, harassment, and stalking;
  • 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 (e.g. 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:

    1. takes place on University premises, or
    2. affects or concerns other members of the University community, or
    3. damages the good name of the University, or
    4. itself constitutes misconduct within the terms of these procedures.

    For  the  avoidance  of  doubt,  the  University  may  proceed  under  Student  Disciplinary Procedures notwithstanding the instigation of any criminal proceedings;

  • Improper coercion or manipulation of students to their physical or mental detriment, for example when making others take part in demeaning activities such as associated with initiation;
  • Assessment irregularities for which academic sanctions are inappropriate;
  • 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.