C1.2.5 Misconduct

  • 5.1. Examples of breaches of these regulations are listed in this section, however this list is not   exhaustive. Any other act or behaviour which may be reasonably interpreted as misconduct can be dealt with under these regulations.  

    5.2 The breaches have been divided into categories of minor and major as a guide. However individual cases may be considered in either category, based on the nature of the incident, evidence and mitigating factors. In all cases, final opinion about the severity of the offence is at the discretion of the Conduct Officer(s) or Committee. 

    5.3 The University will deal with any breach of student conduct in the most appropriate way.  As such, the following University Regulations and Policies also apply and should be followed where appropriate: 

    5.3.1 Fitness to Study Policy E8

    5.3.2 Standards of Conduct: Fitness to Practise Policy C

    5.3.3 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy E5

    5.3.4 Religion and Belief Policy E18

    5.3.5 International Students under Tier 4 Visa D7

    5.3.6 The Library Regulations D8

    5.3.7 IT Acceptable Use Policy D9

    5.3.8 Accommodation Tenancy Agreements*

    5.3.9 Student Safety Policy E10

    5.3.10 Sports Club Behavioural Contract 

    5.4 It is possible a breach of any of the above policies will also constitute a breach of these regulations and action will be taken accordingly. In the event of a conflict between these regulations and any other regulations, policies or procedures, the provisions of these regulations shall take precedence.

    5.5 *The University has a diverse portfolio of accommodation which it offers to students.  Students living in this accommodation are required to adhere to the regulations of the accommodation provider.  Students are advised to check their “Licence to Occupy” or “Tenancy Agreement” for terms applicable to their accommodation.

    5.6 The fixed penalty policy is described in Appendix B.

    5.7 Minor Breaches

    5.7.1 Dishonesty and deceit, in relation to the University, its staff, students, visitors, or procedures.

    5.7.2 Disruption of or improper interference with the academic, administrative, sporting, social or other activities of the University.

    5.7.3 Failure to disclose names, relevant details, or documentation about themselves, or those known to them, in the vicinity at the time of a breach, to any employee or agent of the University who reasonably requires it, or failure to hand over any object or material that is in their possession or under their control when requested to do so.

    5.7.4 Disorderly or disruptive, behaviour directed towards, or affecting, any member of the University community or visitors.

    5.7.5 Negligent behaviour that presents a risk to health and safety for any member of the University community.

    5.7.6 Misuse or interference with any equipment provided in the interests of health and safety

    5.7.7 Possession or use of Class B and / or C drugs that are prohibited by the University

    • Illegal drugs covered under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971;
    • Prescribed medications covered under the Medicines Act 1968, that have not been prescribed to that individual student;
    • Novel psychoactive substances and compounds that produce a psychoactive effect by stimulating or depressing the central nervous system and affect mental functioning or emotional states.

    5.7.8 Breach of one or more of the University Regulations and Policies listed in 5.3.

    5.8 Major Breaches

    5.8.1 Persistent failure to comply with reasonable requests from staff, or failing to respond to or to comply with disciplinary sanctions imposed under the Student Conduct Regulations for minor breaches, or penalties imposed under other University policies or procedures.

    5.8.2 Provision of false or misleading information, or withholding relevant information from any staff member or agent of the University.

    5.8.3 Vexatious, reckless or malicious allegations or complaints or reports against any member of the University community or visitors.

    5.8.4 Unauthorised accessing or amendment to, or interfering in any way with the security, integrity or privacy of any files or confidential material (including those held within the University’s computer system.) 

    5.8.5 Keeping any offensive weapons within the premises or grounds of the University or any University residences.

    5.8.6 Any act which damages the University’s reputation or the relationship with its local communities, as demonstrated by substantiated complaints from residents, local authority representatives, the media or the police dispute.

    5.8.7 Damage to, or taking property from University staff or the University without permission.

    5.8.8 Possession or use of Class A drugs that are prohibited by the University:

    • Illegal drugs covered under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971;
    • Prescribed medications covered under the Medicines Act 1968, that have not been prescribed to that individual student;
    • Novel psychoactive substances and compounds that produce a psychoactive effect by stimulating or depressing the central nervous system and affect mental functioning or emotional states.

    5.8.9 Coercing, pressuring or forcing others into taking part in any ceremonies or activities that could be demeaning or dangerous. This includes (but is not limited to) forcing someone to drink or consume anything that could potentially cause harm.

    5.8.10 A third breach under the fixed policy procedure.

    5.8.11 Failure to declare any criminal offence for which a conviction has occurred after enrolling with the University.

    5.8.12 Bullying, harassment or discrimination against another person, including the use of discriminatory language.

    5.8.13 Victimisation of anyone because they have raised a complaint or exercised any other right under a University or other procedure, or have been involved with such a procedure.

    5.8.14 Physical, written, or verbal abuse or intimidation against another person, including communications via social media.

    5.8.15 Threatening, indecent, offensive or violent behaviour directed towards any member of the University community or member of the public.

    5.8.16 Sexual harassment, violence or abuse.

    5.8.17 Any criminal activity (including breaking the conditions of a Community Protection Notice or a Criminal Behaviour Order) or any equivalent notice or order. 

    5.8.18 Any threatening, violent or discriminatory act that is motivated by prejudice based on any protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.

    5.8.19 The supply of drugs, or possession with intent to supply drugs that are prohibited by the University.