University Disciplinary

The University expects students to follow the Code of Conduct.

If you don’t, you may be invited to a Disciplinary Panel. The Students' Union Advice Centre can prepare you for your panel, attend it with you and proofread your statement.

There are two types of Disciplinaries:

Local Disciplinaries are for minor or first cases. The University will investigate, then email you to ask whether you admit or deny the offence. You may be invited to a meeting with a senior member of University staff. You can bring a supporter if you tell the meeting organiser in advance.

Before the meeting, decide whether to admit or deny the offence, think about whether you have any mitigating circumstances such as illness or serious personal problems and prepare a statement to explain what happened.

If the offence is upheld, you may receive a warning, a penalty, or your case can be sent to a University Disciplinary Panel if the offence is serious enough.

You can ask for the meeting to be rescheduled if you are not available.

University Level Disciplinaries are for serious or repeated cases. The University will investigate, and you will be emailed about the allegation. You may have a pre-disciplinary meeting with the University Group Resolution Unit (GRU). You will have at least 5 days to prepare for the pre-disciplinary meeting. 

If the Assistant Registrar believes there is a case, you will be invited to a Student Disciplinary Panel. This is very serious. You will have at least 10 working days’ notice to prepare for the meeting.

Before the meeting, decide whether to admit or deny the offence, think about whether you have any mitigating circumstances such as illness or serious personal problems, prepare a statement to explain what happened and include any evidence to support your case, You will need to let the meeting organiser know in advance if witnesses or a supporter will be at the meeting with you.

If the offence is proven, you may receive a warning, a penalty, lose access to some University facilities, or be excluded from the University altogether.

You can ask for the meeting to be rescheduled if you are not available.

If you disagree with the outcome of a Disciplinary Meeting

You can appeal the outcome in writing within 10 working days if you believe that

  • Evidence which may have affected the outcome was not considered. You would need to provide new evidence
  • The procedures were not followed correctly
  •  If the outcome is exclusion, you can appeal on the basis that the offence is not serious enough to lead to exclusion.

There is more information about the process here.

If a Disciplinary case is being investigated by the police the student will be suspended until the police investigation finishes.

If you are invited to a Disciplinary Meeting, please can contact Your Advice Service as soon as possible and include any paperwork which you've been sent by attaching it to the enquiry form. 

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