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A university will have rules and regulations setting out how they expect students to behave and conduct themselves as an enrolled student. If a university believes that a student has breached their rules of expected conduct, they may find themselves subject to investigations and sanctions.
If you are facing allegations of non-academic misconduct or a breach of the university’s behaviour policy, our university law solicitors can help you respond and challenge any serious allegations made.
What is non-academic misconduct?
There are a number of behaviours that a university may decide to be classed as ‘non-academic misconduct’ within their own internal rules and procedures. The Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) provides the following examples:
- Antisocial behaviour
- Inappropriate, abusive or threatening behaviour, including on social media
- Compromising the safety of and/or wellbeing of staff, other students, or visitors
- Sexual misconduct
- Violence, harassment and hate crimes
- Behaviour likely to bring the provider into disrepute, such as disruptive behaviour in the community
- Internet access abuse, such as visiting inappropriate websites, uploading/ downloading inappropriate content, propagation of computer viruses
- Disruptive behaviour on the provider’s premises, such as setting off fire alarms or obstructing access to buildings or rooms
- Damage to the provider’s property or abuse of its facilities
- Causing a health or safety concern
- Relying on forged, falsified or fraudulent documentation, and other forms of deception that are intended to gain an advantage, for example submitting fraudulent mitigating circumstances claims or falsifying evidence in support of mitigating circumstances claims (the last may also be considered an academic disciplinary matter)
- Other behaviour which may also constitute a criminal offence.
A university will set out exactly what is classed as an offence and also will list the potential penalties that may be set down. There can be a wide range of sanctions that may be set down, including exclusion from university. Our university law experts can advise you whether or not your alleged conduct should be classed as an offence or not and also assist you throughout the process.
Why instruct us?
Our university lawyers can help by providing impartial advice, help you to draft a strong response and also help you with any upcoming hearings. Disciplinary matters can often involve complex processes and extensive documentation. Our university law solicitors are experienced education practitioners who can provide you expert assistance.