C1.1.3 Principles

  • 3.1 These regulations are intended to ensure that the academic conduct procedure and outcomes are fair, proportional and reasonable for all involved.

    3.2 Under these Regulations the University has the power to discipline, suspend or require students to withdraw.  

    3.3 As set out in the Terms and Conditions (formerly the Conditions of Acceptance,) all students are bound by the provisions of these regulations and general University Regulations (academic and non-academic).  It is the responsibility of all students to ensure that they are familiar with the current version of these regulations at all times.  Ignorance of their content will not be accepted as a defence or as mitigation in any proceedings brought under these regulations.  

    3.4 Guidance on these regulations and procedure, for staff and students, is available on the University website (University Regulations and Student Investigation and Resolution Team pages) or from the Student Investigation and Resolution Team.  In the event of any uncertainty or dispute, the Academic Registrar’s or nominee’s interpretation shall be used.  

    3.5 The University will make reasonable adjustments to these regulations where possible, when it is reasonable to do so to prevent any student from suffering a substantial disadvantage as a result of a disability. Those requiring reasonable adjustments will be expected to inform the Student Investigation and Resolution Team or Conduct Officer

    3.6 These regulations include a Fixed Penalty Policy for breaches of the formal regulations for invigilated exams where it is clear that the student is not attempting to gain an academic advantage. Details of the Fixed Penalty Policy can be found in the Appendices (Appendix B) of these regulations. 

    3.7 All parties involved in the implementation of these regulations will observe the requirements for confidentiality. Whilst confidential information may need to be disclosed or shared in order to consider and determine cases, this will only be to those staff and students involved in the procedures. However, confidential information may be disclosed to governmental, police or regulatory authorities as required by English law or by relevant professional or statutory requirements. 

    3.8 If a student is excluded from University via these regulations, a staff member from their course and the accommodation department will be informed of the outcome as necessary.  Where the confidential information is also personal data, the University will comply with its Student Privacy Notice with respect to that data

    3.9 The University reserves its right to share information from the conduct process, including the outcome of the process, with the reporting person and witnesses as it deems appropriate in the circumstances.  A reporting person or witness cannot challenge a decision made under these regulations, but if they have concerns about the way in which the case was handled or the process followed, they may be able to raise a complaint under the Student Complaints Procedure or Staff Grievance Procedure

    3.10 Where a report has been made against someone who is both a student and staff member at the University, the Academic Registrar shall decide whether the case is relevant for the Student Conduct Regulations or Human Resources procedures

    3.11 These regulations are subject to approval by the University’s Academic Board and the Board of Governors and will be subject to regular review.