Student misconduct

The processes for making a report of student misconduct are outlined in the student section of this website. However, there are some exceptional circumstances in which certain members of staff may take immediate action to stop or prevent instances of student misconduct. Each of these is detailed below.

Senior officers

If, in the opinion of the Vice-Chancellor, a Deputy Vice-Chancellor, a Pro-Vice Chancellor or a Deputy Principal:

  1. the behaviour of a student amounts to misconduct, or
  2. there is an imminent threat of misconduct by a student,

    that officer may, for the purpose of halting or preventing misconduct, suspend the student from entering the University grounds for a period not exceeding seven days.

    A suspension imposed in respect of conduct alleged to be misconduct does not prevent any subsequent action being taken against the student in respect of the conduct.


    Academic staff

    If, in the opinion of a member of academic staff:

    1. the behaviour of a student in the member’s class or during other work supervised by the member amounts to misconduct, or
    2. there is an imminent threat of misconduct by a student in the member’s class or during other work supervised by the member,

    the member may, for the purposes of halting or preventing misconduct, suspend the student from attending the member’s classes or other supervised work for a period not exceeding seven days.

    A member of academic staff who has imposed a period of suspension exceeding 24 hours must immediately report the suspension and the circumstances of the suspension to:

    1. the Registrar, and
    2. the Head of Department or School, unless the suspension was imposed by the Head of Department or School.

    A suspension imposed in respect of conduct alleged to be misconduct does not prevent any subsequent action being taken against the student in respect of the conduct.


    University Librarian

    If, in the opinion of the University Librarian or a member of the Library staff nominated by the University Librarian:

    1. the behaviour of a student in the member’s class or during other work supervised by the member amounts to misconduct, or
    2. there is an imminent threat of misconduct by a student in the member’s class or during other work supervised by the member,

    the University Librarian or a nominated member of the library staff may, for the purposes of halting or preventing misconduct, suspend the student from the use of or entry to all or any of the libraries of the University for a period not exceeding seven days.

    The University Librarian or a nominated member of library staff who has imposed a period of suspension exceeding 24 hours must immediately report the suspension and circumstances of the suspension to:

    1. the Registrar, and
    2. the University Librarian, unless the suspension was imposed by the University Librarian.

    A suspension imposed in respect of conduct alleged to be misconduct does not prevent any subsequent action being taken against the student in respect of the conduct.


    Examinations

    If, in the opinion of the Registrar or a member of the academic staff:

    1. the behaviour of a student in, or in respect of, an examination or other test amounts to misconduct, or
    2. there is an imminent threat of misconduct by a student in, or in respect of, an examination or other test,

    the Registrar or the member of academic staff may, for the purpose of halting or preventing misconduct, suspend the student from sitting for the examination or test.

    A person who has imposed a suspension of this kind must immediately report the suspension and the circumstances of the suspension to:

    1. the relevant Head of the Department or School, unless the suspension was imposed by the Head of department or School, and
    2. the Registrar, unless the suspension was imposed by the Registrar.

    A suspension imposed in respect of conduct alleged to be misconduct does not prevent any subsequent action against the student in respect of the conduct.