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Completion of Procedures Letter – Issued on completion of the University’s internal procedures. This letter gives details of the grounds upon which a student may take the matter to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education should the student remain dissatisfied with the outcome of the Disciplinary process.
Conduct Officers - are trained staff, nominated by a Dean or Director. All Conduct Officers are authorised to investigate, hear and determine any case which has been referred to them under these regulations. The Conduct Officer shall have the power to access and process personal data for the purpose of the investigation. The Conduct Officer may give penalties appropriate to the breach up to and including 5.2.6.
Senior Staff - are trained staff from across the University. They chair University Conduct Committees and Appeal Committees. They will be appointed from a pool of Heads of Departments, Directors, Deans or their nominees.
Student Investigation and Resolution Team – are trained staff within Academic and Student Administration who manage the Academic Conduct Regulations. They can determine whether a case is eligible for the conduct procedure, whether reported students can proceed to the next level and they handle the investigation.
University Appeal Committee (UAC) - is a panel authorised to investigate, hear and determine any case which has been referred to the panel by a student following a UCC or Conduct Officer decision. The Appeal Committee can hear cases from across the University or its Partner Institutions relating to any breach. They shall have the power to access and process personal data for the purpose of the investigation. The Appeal Committee may impose the full range of penalties.
University Conduct Committee (UCC) - is a panel authorised to investigate, hear and determine any case which has been referred to the panel by a Conduct Officer, under these regulations. The UCC can hear cases from across the University or its Partner Institutions relating to any breach and shall have the power to access and process personal data for the purpose of the investigation. The UCC may impose the full range of penalties.
The Conduct Officer may impose a fixed penalty where:
The tariff for fixed penalties is given below. Depending on severity of the incident, a warning may be given before a fine, at the Conduct Officer’s discretion.
* Disturbances – e.g. Mobile phones/smart devices going off will result in a fine
* Unauthorised item(s) on desk or on person, or authorised notes. (If not directly related to the examination)
Students can appeal against fixed penalties by requesting a conduct investigation. In order to request an appeal they must write to the Student Investigation and Resolution Team within 10 working days of receiving the outcome letter. Students must provide the full case file and any additional evidence with their request.
The case will then be considered by a Conduct Officer and will follow the Student Conduct Regulations. The conduct officer can impose a penalty or refer to a University Conduct Committee. The Conduct Officer’s outcome will supersede the fixed penalty fine.
University Stage of Procedure
University Conduct Committee