General misconduct

  • Students shall not commit misconduct which, for the purposes of these regulations, means improper interference, in the broadest sense, with the proper functioning, activities or property of the University or of those who work for, study at or are visiting the University or any action which otherwise damages the University or its good name whether or not this takes place on University premises. For a more comprehensive list of examples of behaviour which will count as misconduct, please see Section 2 of the Student Conduct Regulations.

    If you are suspected of being in breach of the regulations, you may be called for an interview with a Conduct Officer.

    The interview

    If you have been called to an interview, please respond as soon as possible to confirm whether you can attend or not. Not engaging with the process is a breach of the Student Conduct Regulations. This meeting will be your chance to discuss the case, provide any evidence and documents and talk about your behaviour. You have the right to have a witness present. 

    If you are in doubt about how best to formulate or present a case, or you want to know how the conduct procedure will or should operate, please seek advice from:

    The University is clear that it must ensure that the operation of this procedure complies with the principles of natural justice. In broad terms, these are that:

    1. the student knows the case that is being put against them, a reasonable time before the case is heard;
    2. the student has the right to challenge the case against them;
    3. the person deciding the case does so without bias;
    4. there is a mechanism for reviewing or appealing against the decision.

    At an interview, you may be found not to be in breach of regulations, may be given a penalty or you may be referred to a Conduct Committee if the breach is considered to be severe. 

    For more information, please consult the Student Conduct Regulations in full.

    Conduct Officers should consult the Conduct Officers' Handbook or speak to the Student Disputes Team for guidance.