Student Conduct and Discipline

Part C of the University General Regulations 2020-21 (below) explains the procedure you will have to go through if you are accused of misconduct and the potential penalties you could receive. They also set out the means for you to appeal if you believe the decision reached is wrong or the penalty is too severe.

Student Conduct and Disciplinary Regulations 2020-21

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 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.

Privacy Notices

The Privacy Notice for Persons Reporting Allegations of Student Misconduct explains more about how the University uses your personal information when you make a report of alleged student misconduct.

If you are subject to an allegation of student misconduct, you can view the Privacy Notice for Students Reported for Alleged Student Misconduct for further information about how the University will use your data once this is provided to us.