Student Conduct and Discipline


Part P – Student Conduct and Disciplinary Regulations 2021-22 explains the process for the reporting and investigation of alleged student misconduct, as well as the potential penalties that may be applied. They also set out the means for students to appeal if they believe the decision reached is wrong or the penalty is too severe.

A formal allegation of misconduct against a student must be made on the prescribed form, available from the Secretariat.

What is misconduct?

The University’s definition of misconduct involves actions which fall into one (or more) of the categories below:

  • actions that cause actual or potential distress or harm to others (regardless of intention)
  • actions that disrupt the normal operations of the University and/or safe use of the University (including, where applicable, bringing the University into disrepute)
  • actions that cause actual or potential damage to property
  • actions that interfere with the work/study of others or impact on the University’s normal operations

All members of University staff, and others authorised for the purpose, may issue reasonable instructions to students in the interests of good order, health and safety and the prevention of misconduct. These may include requiring any student to withdraw from any room or area or to cease to take part in any activity. A student who refuses to comply with such instructions will be liable to disciplinary action in accordance with the formal procedures. It is open to a student who believes that such instructions have been issued unfairly to initiate action under the Student Complaints Procedure (Part E of these Regulations).

How can I avoid committing a disciplinary offence?

Follow the Golden Rule: treat others as you wish to be treated.

The Regulations provide examples of the sorts of actions and behaviours that are considered student misconduct.