These regulations explain the procedure you will have to go through if you are accused of misconduct and the potential penalties you could receive if found guilty. They also set out the means for you to appeal if you believe the decision reached is wrong or the penalty is too severe.
What is misconduct? Misconduct is “improper interference with the functioning or activities of the University, [or its staff and students], or action which otherwise damages the good name of the University”. Examples of misconduct include:
Intentionally or recklessly causing damage to property belonging to the University or its members
Bullying, harassment or defamation of any student, staff member, other employee of or visitor to the University (includes via social networking sites)
Committing a criminal offence which affects the members, property or good name of the University; or failing to disclose a serious offence you committed whilst enrolled as a student
Fraud, deceit, deception or dishonesty relating to the University
Disruption, obstruction or improper interference with the functions, duties or activities of the University, its members and visitors
For more examples please see Part C of the University General Regulations
NB: All members of staff may issue reasonable instructions to you, in the interests of order, health and safety, and preventing misconduct. If you refuse to comply then you will be liable to disciplinary action under these regulations. If you believe the instructions were issued unfairly then you can complain using the Student Complaints Procedure.
How can I avoid committing a disciplinary offence?
Follow the Golden Rule: treat others as you wish to be treated.
The Student Charter contains a page on Code of Conduct which briefly sets out what is expected of you – if you abide by those simple guidelines then you shouldn’t find yourself on the wrong side of these regulations. The Student Charter also says what you can expect from the University in turn.
What happens if I do commit a disciplinary offence?
The Formal procedure is made up of 3 stages:
If you are accused of committing misconduct your Head of School (or equivalent) will investigate the allegation to see if there is enough evidence to support the accusation. You may be invited to an interview as part of this investigation. If it is decided there are grounds for action under the formal procedure then you will be notified in writing and invited to confess or offer any comments or explanation. If you admit to the offence at this stage the Head of School (or equivalent) will impose one or more penalties, which can range from giving you an oral caution to requiring you to make a written apology or pay for the damage caused.
NB If you have admitted the offence you can’t appeal against the decision of guilt but you may appeal to the University Disciplinary Committee against the penalty you receive.
If the alleged offence is very serious, or you did not respond to the letter from your Head of School (or equivalent) under Stage 1, or you haven’t admitted to the offence; you will be dealt with under Stage 2 of the procedure. You will be invited to a hearing at which you will need to present the case for your defence. If found guilty at this stage then you could receive a much stronger penalty: which can range from any of the penalties available at Stage 1, all the way up to being expelled from the University.
If you wish to appeal the decision made under Stage 1 or Stage 2 then you must make your appeal in writing within 10 working days of receiving written confirmation of the decision, and send it to the Officer to the University Disciplinary Committee, Secretariat, Brayford Pool Campus.
Contact: Lisa Baker – Governance Manager – firstname.lastname@example.org, 01522 886665