please note that this information is aimed at providing general guidance for students, it should not be seen as an authoritative statement of policy and procedures. please also refer to the Academic Regulation: GR 3A and 3B: Student Disciplinary Procedure and Guidance here
the disciplinary procedures ‘outline the process for dealing with allegations of inappropriate student behaviour’ that have occurred both on and off campus.
if you have been accused or if you want to report another student’s behaviour we are here to support you
how can Advice help?
what are the different levels of misconduct?
level 1 includes persistent disruptive behaviour, behaviour which causes a disturbance or nuisance to others, or behaviour that may impact on health and safety.
examples: offensive communication, misuse or damage or property, persistent late arrival for classes, petty theft
level 2 misconduct including threatening behaviour and bullying or harassment of staff or students. it also includes a failure to engage or comply with a penalty imposed for level 1 misconduct.
examples: abusive or threatening behaviour, bullying or harassment, damage, theft, fraud, criminal offence on university premises etc.
level 3 level 3 misconduct is behaviour which calls into question a your registration at the University. it also includes a failure to comply with a penalty imposed for level 2 misconduct.
examples: non-compliance with a penalty, dealing in illegal substances, physical assault, offences of a violent or sexual nature, fraud, theft, criminal convictions for any of the above.
what happens during a disciplinary interview (for level 1 or 2 misconduct)?
what happens if I am accused of level 3 misconduct?
penalties for level 3 misconduct
if you are found guilty, possible peanlties include;
list not exhaustive
the recommendation by the committee will be sent to the Vice-Chancellor (VC) who will approve or reject it. you should be notified of the outcome within 5 days of the VC receiving the recommendation
how can I appeal this outcome?
if you are unhappy with the outcome of the investigation, you may submit an appeal to the VCASD on the following grounds. you must submit this within 5 days of the VC’s decision letter.
the appeal will be considered by a Governor’s Appeal committee. the Appeal Panel will normally be convened within 25 days of receipt of the student’s appeal. whilst the appeal is being considered, any penalty will be suspended (unless due to health and safety issues).
the panel will then decide whether to uphold or dismiss your appeal. if it is upheld, they will decide whether to impose a lesser penalty, request that the committee reconsider the case and dismiss the case. you should be told within 5 days of the outcome.
if your appeal is dismissed at this stage, you will have exhausted the University procedures and will be issued with a completion of procedures letter and referred to the OIA if you wish to continue with your appeal.
OIA and completion of procedures
if the appeal of your disciplinary is not resolved at this stage, then you will have exhausted the university procedures. you will be issued with a completion of procedures letter and proved the details of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA). for more information regarding the OIA process visit our information page at here
if your disciplinary is level 2 or 3, you will have contact with the compliance advisors. they investigate level 2 cases and refer level 3 cases to the vice-chancellor’s advisory and support department. you can contact them on +44 (0)20 8417 7312.
student life advisors (mental health or disabilities and specific learning differences)
if you feel that the behaviour the disciplinary is addressing is related to other circumstances such as mental health and disability please speak to the Student Life advisors for more guidance.
if you are concerned about a student’s behaviour (but they are not in immediate danger or pose a risk to others) please contact this team on 0208 417 7314.
if a student’s behaviour poses a threat to themselves or others please alert the police on 999 or call security immediately on 0208 417 6666.
although we are not working on campus, our advice team are still working remotely. you can contact them by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. we can then either advice by email or arrange a virtual meeting using Zoom or MS Teams.