Misconduct and How it is Dealt With

All allegations of personal misconduct by students will be investigated in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure.  It should be noted that the outcome of disciplinary cases may result in the application of sanctions or fines and charges.  

Some examples of misconduct include, but are not limited to:

  • disruption or interference with University activities whether on University premises or elsewhere;
  • damage, whether reckless or intentional to University property or property of members of the University;
  • failure to treat others (students, staff, neighbours, external agencies) with respect;
  • anti-social behaviour whether on or off the University premises or elsewhere;
  • harassment, bullying and victimisation of any student, member of staff or visitor to the University;
  • any unlawful conduct.

Further examples of misconduct can be found in the Student Disciplinary Procedures.

Misconduct in the Community

Misconduct by students in the community will not be tolerated by the University. 

The local authority investigates noise nuisance complaints every night and can issue on the spot fines for disturbances.  Newcastle City Council’s Public Safety and Regulations Division can issue Acceptable Behaviour Agreements (ABAs) to individual students or students collectively on joint housing agreements when persistent complaints of anti-social behaviour in the community are received.

Upon receipt of a report from the local authority, the University will take appropriate action in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure.  The local authority may also choose to impose its own sanctions.

Police Reports

The University has a sharing agreement with the local police and will receive reports of all student arrests, for a variety of offences, including for example:

  • drunk and disorderly conduct
  • breach of the peace
  • assault, including sexual
  • possession of an illegal substance
  • criminal damage / vandalism
  • anti-social behaviour
  • other criminal convictions

Upon receipt of a police report, the University will investigate and take appropriate action in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure

Initiation Ceremonies

Initiations are banned by the University and anyone found to have organised or participated in an initiation ritual will be subject to disciplinary action.

Initiation ceremonies encourage the following negative behaviours:

  • forcing participants to behave in a way that might reasonably be perceived as humiliating, demeaning or degrading;
  • forcing participants to drink excessive amounts of alcohol or to take other substances (illegal or otherwise);
  • inciting participants to behave in a way that would bring the University into disrepute.

Students who are asked to participate in an initiation by the Society or Club that they have joined to gain status or entry to the group, should report this to the Students' Union Activities Officer or the University at casework@ncl.ac.uk.

Upon receipt of a report that a student or a group of students have participated in an initiation ceremony, the University will take appropriate action in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure

Misconduct Due to Alcohol and Drugs

Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not accepted as a form of defence against disciplinary action.   As noted above, the University receives regular Police reports of student arrests, which includes charges relating to drugs.  The University investigates such reports in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedure and such students can expect sanctions to be issued.  Students should be aware that a caution for possession of an illegal substance, even a low level outcome such as a 'Cannabis Caution', may show on a CRB check and could therefore affect their future employment.

Further guidance for students is available:


For further advice about standards of personal conduct or to report allegations of misconduct please contact casework@ncl.ac.uk.