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Student Code of Conduct

Students are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with the principles set out in the University’s Student Code of Conduct and Disciplinary policy - PDF 308.2 KB

As independent adults with legal and social responsibilities, students are personally accountable for their actions and behaviour. They should show proper concern in their behaviour for the reputation of the University and the student body, and for its effect on their fellow students, staff and their successors.

Misconduct is behaviour which interferes with the proper functioning of the University and its activities, or those who work and study in the University, or which has the potential to damage the reputation of the University or the student body.

Such behaviour could take place on University premises or elsewhere, and whilst engaged in University related activity or not. Separate regulations are made for dealing with academic offences.

Examples of what might constitute misconduct

  • a) disruption of, or improper interference with the academic, administrative, sporting, social or other activities of the University
  • b) obstruction of, or improper interference with the activities, functions or duties of any student, staff member, Governor, contractor or visitor to the University
  • c) violent, disorderly, threatening, indecent or offensive behaviour or language whilst on University premises or elsewhere
  • d) falsification or misuse of University records, including degree, diploma or other certificates, and of University equipment, systems and processes
  • e) false pretences or deception relating to academic assessments and examinations
  • f) fraud, deceit or dishonesty in relation to the University or its staff or in connection with registering as a student, being a student, holding any office at the University or gaining a pecuniary advantage through association with the University
  • g) actions which might cause injury or put at risk the health or safety of people on University premises or whilst on University activities
  • h) harassment or bullying in any form of any student, member of staff, Governor, contractor or other visitor to the University on grounds of their perceived race, nationality, gender, transgender status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, other personal characteristic or for any other reason
  • i) breach of the provisions of the University’s policy on Freedom of Speech or other similar policy
  • j) theft, damage to or defacement of University property, or the property of other members and users of the University or third parties, whether caused intentionally or recklessly
  • k) attending classes or entering any other learning environment whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • l) misuse or unauthorised use of University premises or items of property, including computer misuse, or breaches of the University code on acceptable network use
  • m) conduct which constitutes a criminal offence, including possession of offensive weapons, possession of implements that are intended for use as weapons and possession of illegal substances on University premises or at an event under the control of the University or Students Union, or an offence affecting other users of the University or the public
  • n) failure to disclose name, student number or other relevant details to a staff member of the University, when it is reasonable that such information be given
  • o) failure to comply with a previously imposed penalty under the disciplinary procedures.
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