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Appeals: Regulations for student conduct and discipline

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  • Regulations for Student Conduct and Discipline

19.(1) A student who is dissatisfied with the determination of a member of staff in exercising their powers under Regulations 8 to 13, or with the outcome of an appeal made under this Regulation, may, within 10 University working days of the date on which the student is notified of the determination or outcome, appeal in writing to the next most senior staff member or body as listed in Regulations 8 to 13 stating precisely the grounds on which the appeal is made.

(2) The next most senior staff member or body as referred to in sub-regulation (1) is—

(a) in the case of the University Librarian (Regulation 8), the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor;

(b) in the case of a head of school (Regulation 9), the dean of the relevant faculty;

(c) in the case of a dean of a faculty (Regulation 10), the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor;

(d) in the case of the Dean of the Graduate Research School (Regulation 11), the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor;

(e) in the case of the Registrar (Regulation 12), the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor;

(f) in the case of the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Regulation 13), the Vice-Chancellor.

(3) Members of staff to whom an appeal is made in accordance with sub-regulation (1) must—

(a) within 10 University working days of the receipt of the appeal advise the student in writing of the outcome and the student's further rights of appeal; and

(b) forward to Archives and Records Management Services a copy of their letter to the student which will be placed on a confidential file for that student and, if the matter is one of the academic misconduct, forward a copy of the written notification also to the relevant Dean and Academic Conduct Advisor for information.

(4) A student who is dissatisfied with the determination of the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor in exercising their powers under Regulation 13, or the outcome of an appeal to the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor under this Regulation, may, within 10 University working days of the date on which the student is notified of the determination or outcome, request through the Registrar that the case be heard by of a Board of Discipline.

(5) The constitution and conduct of the Board of Discipline which hears an appeal is as provided for under Regulations 14, 15, 16 and 17.

(6) A student who is dissatisfied with the determination of a Board of Discipline may appeal to the Vice-Chancellor within 10 University working days of the date on which the student is notified of the determination.

(7) Subject to the student's right to pursue their case outside the University through an appropriate government body or official, the Vice-Chancellor's decision in regard to appeals submitted under this Regulation is final.

(8) If the penalty is expulsion from the University, it does not take effect until the time for lodging an appeal has expired and the penalty has been confirmed by Senate, but all of a student's rights and privileges are suspended until the Senate has considered the matter without the student being entitled to compensation.

(9) The Vice-Chancellor must within 10 University working days of the receipt of the appeal—

(a) advise the student in writing of his or her decision on an appeal submitted under this Regulation;

(b) forward to Archives and Records Management Services a copy of the letter sent to the student which will be placed on a confidential file for that student and, if the matter is one of the academic misconduct, forward a copy of the written notification also to the relevant Dean and Academic Conduct Advisor for information.

20. When considering appeals under Regulation 19, members of staff and the Board of Discipline may—

(a) suspend the implementation of a penalty pending the outcome of an appeal;

(b) affirm or annul the decision or penalty or both;

(c) reduce or increase the penalty but not increase a fine;

(d) impose in place of the original penalty any other penalty which is provided for under these Regulations.

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