A Fitness to Practise Panel may deal with the student’s case in one of the following ways:
Impose no warning or sanction and permit the student to continue on their programme of study
ii. Impose a warning if there is evidence of misconduct, but the student’s fitness to practise is not impaired to a point requiring any of the sanctions listed below. If considered appropriate, the student may be referred for consideration under the University’s Conduct Regulations (see Section VI: Conduct Regulations).
iii. Impose a sanction. Beginning with the least severe, the sanctions are as follows:
a. A written undertaking by the student that there will be no repetition of the behaviour which led to the referral to the Fitness to Practise Panel. Any breach of the undertaking will normally result in an immediate referral back to the Fitness to Practise Panel in respect of the original concerns and the breach of the undertaking.
b. Condition(s) that the student undertakes a particular programme of remedial tuition and/or increased supervision, where the Panel has found that their fitness to practise has been impaired because of poor physical or mental health. The conditions should include medical as well as academic supervision.
c. Suspension from the programme for a specified time. On return from suspension the student will be expected to comply with any further conditions as may be specified by the Head of School. The relevant regulatory body may require that this is declared at registration with the profession.
d. Expulsion from programme.
The student may appeal to a Fitness to Practise Appeal Panel on the following grounds:
i. New evidence has become available which was not available for the Fitness to Practise Panel
ii. There has been a procedural irregularity in the conduct of the Fitness to Practise Panel proceedings.
The student will be notified by the Chair of the Fitness to Practise Panel of the Panel’s decision in writing to their QUB email address, normally within five working days of the decision being taken. If there is a delay, the student should be informed.
The student may appeal on either or both grounds by writing, to the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, copied to Academic Affairs. The written appeal must be submitted within ten working days of the written notification of the decision of the Fitness to Practise Panel.
The Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor (or nominee) and the Director of Academic and Student Affairs will decide if the student has presented a prima facie case on the grounds of appeal. If it is decided that the student has not presented a prima facie case, the appeal will be dismissed and the student will be informed by the Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the decision in writing, with reasons. If it is decided that the student has presented a prima facie case on the grounds of appeal, an Appeal Panel will be convened.