Disciplinary Procedure Appendix 1

The following list indicates the categories of misconduct that might result in formal disciplinary action, including summary dismissal, in certain circumstances. They are not exhaustive.

Examples of misconduct

The following examples of behaviour may, within this procedure, lead to a disciplinary warning and, if repeated, to dismissal:

  • unjustifiable absence
  • poor time-keeping
  • failure to observe safety regulations
  • misuse of University property
  • behaviour which is likely to bring the University into disrepute (subject, always, to any relevant contractual conditions relating to academic freedom and the provisions of the whistleblowing procedure)
  • aggressive or offensive behaviour
  • breach of trust and confidence
  • refusal to follow a reasonable management instruction
  • failure to comply with University policies

Examples of gross misconduct

The following examples of behaviour at work may be regarded as gross misconduct, and, may lead to dismissal without notice and without pay in lieu of notice:

  • taking any detrimental action against a member of staff for exercising any rights under this or any other University procedure
  • dishonesty, theft, fraud, deliberate falsification of records or misuse of University property, including malicious damage to University property
  • theft from or violence to other members of the University or members of the public including malicious damage to their property
  • obscene or indecent behaviour or sexual misconduct or the circulation of offensive material
  • serious aggressive or offensive behaviour
  • any form of discrimination which is unlawful and/or conflicts with the University’s policies and procedures
  • serious breach of security or of financial procedures
  • serious breach of trust and confidence
  • incapability whilst on duty brought on by alcohol or illegal drugs
  • being in the possession of illegal drugs in the workplace
  • severe breach of health, safety and hygiene rules or acting in a manner dangerous to others
  • behaviour bringing University into serious disrepute (subject, always, to any relevant contractual conditions relating to academic freedom and the provisions of the whistleblowing procedure)
  • professional incompetence or gross negligence
  • failure to adhere to the requirements of the Bribery Act 2010.

Note: Forms of serious misconduct outside the workplace may lead to disciplinary action where it is considered there is an effect upon the employment relationship.

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Updated Mar 12