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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 or vaping in a prohibited
area (inside).

Written Warning and Fine - £150 

Referral to Committee of Discipline

Burning incense or candles on University premises without appropriate authorisation

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*

Causing minor harm or threatening to cause minor harm to another person.

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*

Indecent misconduct (minor)

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.

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*

Breach of Covid-19 guidance and/or regulations

Written Warning and Fine - £250 

Referral to Committee of
Discipline*

Misuse of learning materials, including online and recorded materials, provided to students by the University

Written Warning and Fine - £250

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. 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. More than three minor offences will result in a student being referred directly to a Committee of Discipline.

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

Taking property without the consent of the owner

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 or Exclusion from University Accommodation

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 

Possession of an illegal substance or illegal possession of a controlled drug, or possession of any prescription drug which has not been prescribed directly to the student.

Suspension/Exclusion from University Accommodation

Expulsion 

Production of, offer of, sale of or giving to any person, any illegal substance, controlled drug or prescription drug.

Expulsion

n/a

Abusive, threatening or intimidating, bullying or harassing behaviour

Expulsion

Expulsion

Making false, frivolous, malicious, mischievous or vexatious allegations against another member of the University

Suspension

Expulsion 

Serious indecent misconduct

Suspension

Expulsion 

Sexual misconduct, including attempted sexual misconduct

Expulsion 

n/a

Failure to disclose the required information to the Director of Academic and Student Affairs as required by regulation 6 of these Regulations.

Expulsion

n/a

Fabrication or falsification of evidence or information provided to the University

Expulsion 

n/a

Physical misconduct

Expulsion 

n/a

Threats of physical misconduct

Suspension

Expulsion

Public disorder

Expulsion 

n/a

Major breach or repeated breaches of Covid-19 guidance and/or regulations

Suspension 

Expulsion

Repeated or serious/gross misuse of learning materials, including online and recorded materials, provided to students by the University

Suspension 

Expulsion

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 penalties. Depending on the circumstances and severity of an offence a heavier penalty may be applied, including suspension, exclusion or expulsion. 

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 re-enrol. 

Expulsion will be recorded permanently on the student transcript.