University Sanctions

Where Student Progress Service is satisfied that a student has committed an act of misconduct, one or more of the following sanctions may be imposed:

  • A caution, in writing – for clarity, this means that the misconduct is considered to be minor, but such that the student is cautioned as to future conduct; a caution is not considered to be a University sanction, it is considered to be cautionary advice. No further action will be taken, but the fact of the caution may be taken into account should there be a further act of misconduct.
  • A warning, orally and in writing - advising the student about their future conduct. A formal warning represents a serious statement by the University on the gravity of the misconduct and shall be held on record for the duration of the student’s studies. A warning may be disclosed in reference requests; this is at the discretion of the referee.
  • A fine – usually in conjunction with a warning, up to £300 per person. Non-payment of fines by the given date will result in the disablement of the student’s smartcard, and ultimately, their degree programme until the full payment is received.
  • A final warning – where the student has previously received a warning, or where it is deemed fit, a final warning may be imposed immediately.
  • A compensation payment for the direct cost of reparations to property.
  • Exclusion from any part or parts of the residence, or from attending any social functions at the residence.
  • Suspension or Expulsion from the University.

Please note that the University has received an increased number of Anti-Social Behaviour reports this year and therefore a firmer line shall be taken including increased disciplinary fines.

The full Student Disciplinary Procedure

Police and Local Authority Sanctions

The City Council receives and investigates noise nuisance complaints every day and night. They can issue on the spot warnings and fines for disturbances.

The Public Safety and Regulation Division can issue Acceptable Behaviour Agreements (ABAs) to individual students or students collectively on joint housing agreements when persistent complaints are received, or immediately if the misconduct is deemed to warrant it.

The City Council can issue Legal Enforcement Notices such as an Abatement Notice if they are satisfied that a nuisance exists and/or it is likely that there will be a recurrence of the nuisance. The notice will have prohibitions specific to that particular case, some examples are:

  • Cease and cease to permit noise from raised voices that would cause unreasonable disturbance to the occupiers of neighboring premises.
  • Cease and cease to permit the playing of music at such a volume and tone that would cause unreasonable disturbance to the occupiers of neighboring premises.

If, once the notice is served, there are any further incidents of noise, the individual is deemed to be guilty of a criminal offence, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The Council can apply for a warrant to enter the offending property, by force if necessary, and seize all noise making equipment such as laptops, MP3 players, gaming equipment, televisions etc. The household would not be given prior warning of this. The individual would then be liable to criminal prosecution proceedings in the Magistrates Court which can result in a criminal conviction, a fine and permanent confiscation of all the seized noise making equipment.

Example of an Abatement Notice