C1.2.5 Penalties

  • 5.1 In order to maintain student discipline, the Vice-Chancellor has the authority to impose penalties upon students in accordance with this procedure (as set out in Article 3.2(g) of the Articles of Government, Oxford Brookes University).  The Vice Chancellor may delegate some or all of this authority (including the power to delegate further) to other members of staff and University bodies (as set out in Article 3.3 of the Articles of Government).  

    5.2 The penalties available to be imposed in the case of a breach of the student conduct regulations are:

    • 5.2.1 An absolute discharge.  This means that the student technically breached the regulation but no blame should be attached to them
    • 5.2.2 A formal warning about future behaviour, which shall indicate the errors or omissions 
    • 5.2.3 A requirement that the student make an oral or written apology to one or more individuals 
    • 5.2.4 The imposition of a personal conduct order 
    • 5.2.5 The temporary or permanent confiscation, without compensation, of any object or material prohibited by, or which was involved in a breach of, these regulations
    • 5.2.6 A fine 
    • 5.2.7 A fixed penalty
    • 5.2.8 Community service, which shall normally take the form of specified unpaid activities, for which no expenses shall be paid
    • 5.2.9 Full or partial restitution of the cost of the damage or loss suffered by the University or any associated organisation or person, or by a member of the public
    • 5.2.10 The temporary or permanent exclusion of the student from one or more of the University’s, or an associated organisations, premises, grounds, facilities or services
    • 5.2.11 A requirement that the student relocate within or between residences associated with University
    • 5.2.12 Expulsion from University owned or managed accommodation 
    • 5.2.13 In the case of a current Sabbatical Officer of the Students’ Union or a candidate for election as a Sabbatical Officer, temporary or permanent prohibition from office
    • 5.2.14 The required temporary withdrawal of the student from the University
    • 5.2.15 The expulsion of the student from the University.

    5.3 Any penalty imposed will be commensurate with the seriousness of the breach of the Conduct Regulations.  

    5.4 Each case will be judged on its own merits and is generally subject to the University’s discretion.  However, Conduct Officers, University Conduct Committees and Appeal Committees may be guided by a tariff of penalties when deciding which penalty to impose.    

    5.5 Where a Conduct Officer, a University Conduct Committee or an Appeal Committee believes it appropriate, they/it may recommend that the student seek counselling or some other specified form of support.  The recommendation shall be recorded formally.  In the event of a further breach of these regulations by the student, the previous recommendation and associated information may be taken into account when considering the penalty for the subsequent breach.

    5.6 Exceptionally, where none of these penalties is deemed to be appropriate by the Disciplinary Officer or University Conduct Committee, they may determine another penalty provided that this penalty is approved by the Vice-Chancellor before being imposed.

    5.7 All penalties issued under these Conduct Regulations will take precedence over any outcome of a mitigating circumstances application or course withdrawal request, for the relevant period of time.


    1 This penalty will only be imposed if, at the point of imposition, it does not prevent the student from completing their study within the required timeframe.