Code of Discipline for Students
During your time at the University you may find yourself facing disciplinary proceedings. This guide is the basics of what to expect, but it is not exhaustive or definitive. Please contact Students’ Union Advice to discuss further.
By accepting a place at the University of Nottingham you are immediately regarded as undertaking to obey the University Ordinances and Regulations, such as those set out in the Code of Discipline for Students. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these.
General regulations on conduct
Misconduct is the improper interference with the proper functioning or activities of the University, or those who work or study in the institution,or action which otherwise damages the institution.
Examples of this include, but are not limited to: violent or indecent behaviour or language, fraud or deception in relation to the University, action likely to cause injury or security, bullying, possession of weapons and dropping litter.
Different spheres of university life will have their own regulations, such as the library, halls of residence and vehicle usage. It is important you familiarise yourself with these.
When things go wrong
If it has been suggested that you have breached the Ordinances and Regulations of the University you will be dealt with according to the procedures outlined in the Code of Discipline for Students.
Where misconduct occurs that would also be considered an offence under criminal law if proven in a court of law, action may be deferred pending any police investigation or prosecution, providing it is deemed not serious. In serious cases, no action other than temporary suspension or exclusion will be taken unless the matter has been reported to the police and either it is prosecuted or a decision to not prosecute has been taken.
Aside from criminal offences, an alleged disciplinary offence may be dealt with either instantly, or by the Senate Disciplinary Committee. Below is a rough idea of what to expect.
You will be dealt with by an "Officer with Summary Jurisdiction”. These include the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience, Wardens of Halls of Residence, Registrar, Head of Security, Compliance and Investigations Manager and the Manager for Off-Campus Student Affairs or another member of staff authorised by an officer.
You will be informed of the process and given the opportunity to defend yourself. It is a good idea to seek advice from the Students’ Union Education Advisers.
The maximum penalty imposed will be £250 for each offence together with the payment of compensation in respect of any injury to the person or damage to property. In addition, The University Assessor may allow an Officer of Summary Jurisdiction enhanced powers to impose a maximum fine of £1,500 and to exclude a student from all or part of the University where it is believed the offence calls for a higher penalty. This power is used where a student does not dispute the allegation(s) against them. You can also be prohibited from University property in agreement with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
If the officer authorised to deal with you feels a harsher penalty is required, you will be referred to the University Assessor who will decide whether the case should be dismissed, referred back to someone with summary jurisdiction or be referred to a Senate Disciplinary Committee.
You can appeal your penalty, at which point you shall be referred to The Senate Disciplinary Committee.
Senate Disciplinary Committee
It will consist of a panel of staff chosen specifically for their roles within the University, such as a Dignity Adviser, a Professor of Law, a full-time student, a Hall Warden.
Normally the Senate Disciplinary Committee will proceed as an oral hearing. You will be notified of this, given the Rules of Procedure and time to prepare a defence. You have the right to be accompanied or represented and will be able to see and comment on all evidence bought against you.
The Senate Disciplinary Committee has the power to fine any amount, exclude, suspend and expel.
You have the right to appeal any outcome within seven working days, using the disciplinary appeal form.