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Penalties

Standard penalties - Disciplinary Officer

Standard penalties for offences normally considered at Disciplinary Officer Stage:

Offence

First Offence

Second Offence

Smoking in a non-designated area (outside).

Written Warning and Fine - £50

Written Warning and Fine - £100

Drinking alcohol in a prohibited area.

Written Warning  and Fine - £50

Written Warning and Fine -
£150

Smoking in a prohibited
area (inside).

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of Discipline

Failure, without reasonable cause,
to produce accurate identification
upon demand to authorised
persons, who should identify
themselves.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Written Warning and Fine -
£250 and/or exclusion

Minor anti-social disturbance including

off-campus noise disturbance.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Written Warning and Fine -
£250 and/or exclusion or referral
to Committee of Discipline*

Minor assault (slap, push)

Written Warning and Fine - £150

Written Warning and Fine - £250 and/or exclusion or referral to Committee of Discipline*

Minor vandalism or malicious
damage to property.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Written Warning and Fine -
£250 and/or exclusion or referral
to Committee of Discipline*

Disruption of, or interference with
the activities of the University,
whether on University premises or
elsewhere.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

Obstruction of, or improper
interference with, the functions,
duties or activities of any student,
member of staff or other employee
of the University or any authorised
visitor to the University.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

Behaviour which interferes with the
legitimate freedom of speech,
ideas, actions or enquiry of any
other student or member of staff.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

Making false, frivolous, malicious,
mischievous or vexatious
complaints.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

Failure to comply with a previously
imposed penalty under these
regulations.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

Contempt of the University’s
Discipline procedures by failing to
co-operate with the University’s
discipline authorities or otherwise.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

Breach of University Regulations
or Policy and Procedures eg the
Student Social Media Policy.

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

 

*The decision to refer a case to the Committee of Discipline should be taken in consultation with Academic Affairs. A hearing is not required for a case to be referred. 

In addition to the above penalties, students will be required to pay for any loss or damage that resulted directly or indirectly from the student’s misconduct. The standard penalty is not a maximum. Depending on the circumstances and severity of an offence a heavier penalty may be applied. 

In cases where a student admits an offence or presents mitigating circumstances (which should be recorded), a lesser penalty may be considered. More than three minor offences will result in a student being referred directly to a Committee of Discipline. 

A written warning will stay on the student transcript until graduation. 

A second offence of an identical or similar nature will normally be referred to a Committee of Discipline. A second offence of a different nature may be dealt with by a Disciplinary Officer.

Standard penalties - Committee of Discipline

Standard penalties for offences normally considered at Committee of Discipline Stage:

Offence

First Offence

Second Offence

Minor offence committed by a
student with a disciplinary
record.

Written Warning and Fine - £350

Suspension

Theft/fraud.

Written Warning and Fine - £500

Expulsion

Major vandalism or malicious
damage to property.

Written Warning and Fine - £500

Expulsion

Misuse of fire or other safety
equipment.

Written Warning and Fine - £500

Expulsion

Failure to cooperate with the
University’s discipline authorities
on more than one occasion.

Suspension

Expulsion 

Behaviour which brings, or may
bring, the name of the University
into disrepute.

Suspension

Expulsion 

Illegal possession of a controlled
drug

Suspension

Expulsion 

Bullying, harassment, abuse or
intimidation.

Suspension

Expulsion 

Failure to disclose the required information to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs as required by Paragraph 5.10 of these Regulations.

Expulsion

n/a

Violent, threatening or indecent
behaviour.

Expulsion 

n/a

Assault, including actual bodily
harm.

Expulsion 

n/a

Major assault or anti-social
disturbance.

Expulsion 

n/a

Public order offence – for
example, riotous behaviour.

Expulsion 

n/a

Grievous bodily harm

Expulsion 

n/a

In addition to the above penalties, students will be required to pay for any loss or damage that resulted directly or indirectly from the student’s misconduct. The standard penalty is not a maximum. Depending on the circumstances and severity of an offence a heavier penalty may be applied. 

In cases where a student admits an offence, or presents mitigating circumstances (which should be recorded), a lesser penalty may be considered. A written warning will stay on the student transcript until graduation. 

Suspension will normally be for an academic year, although this may vary according to the nature and severity of offences. Students who are suspended may be permitted to take examinations but will not be permitted to graduate or reenrol. 

Expulsion will be recorded permanently on the student transcript.