Penalties: Regulations for student conduct and discipline

Further information

  • Regulations for Student Conduct and Discipline
  1. Penalties
  2. Other provisions relating to penalties
  3. Powers of staff to impose penalties


3.(1) Subject to the provisions of Regulations 6 to 14, the penalties that may be imposed for misconduct are:

(a) fines up to the equivalent of the minimum fortnightly living allowance payable to an independent student under the provisions of Austudy, Abstudy, Youth Allowance, or any other Commonwealth undergraduate student support scheme that may replace them in future;

(b) cancellation of an award, scholarship or bursary awarded by the University;

(c) cancellation or restriction of any or all of the following rights and privileges:

(i) attendance at lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes;

(ii) use of laboratories or other University facilities or parts of them;

(iii) attendance at an examination or test or any part of them;

(iv) entitlement to the results of any unit, examination or test or of any part of them;

(v) attendance at the University or any part of it;

(d) cancellation or deprivation of credit either for the piece of assessable work in relation to which misconduct occurred or for the whole unit of which the piece of assessable work is a component or for all units a student is currently enrolled in within a course, but only if the misconduct involved acting dishonestly or unfairly;

(e) requirement to do further work or repeat work within the unit or course in relation to which misconduct occurred;

(f) exclusion from enrolment in all courses or units offered by the University for a period of up to one academic year;

(g) cancellation of a student's current enrolment in any course or unit offered by the University;

(h) penalties set out in other regulations, or in a University statute, rule, by-law, or Senate resolution;

(i) expulsion from the University;

(j) non-conferral of a degree, diploma or other award to which the student would otherwise have been entitled.

(2) Academic penalties can only be applied where academic misconduct has been proven.

(3) Guidelines for the application of penalties in relation to academic misconduct are as set out in the University Policy on: Academic Integrity.

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Other provisions relating to penalties

4.(1) A person or body authorised to impose a penalty under a University statute, by-law, regulation, rule or Senate resolution, may caution or reprimand the student in addition to or, except in cases of academic misconduct, instead of, any other penalty that may be imposed.

(2) More than one penalty may be imposed but the total extent of penalties imposed must not be more than is warranted by the nature and severity of the misconduct.

(3) The person or body imposing a penalty may suspend it either until the time for appealing against it has expired or on such terms and conditions, including undertakings by the student, as the person or body granting the suspension thinks fit.

(4) In addition to, or instead of, any penalty imposed, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) or Director of Student Life may require a student to pay to the University all or part of the cost of repairing or replacing any property lost, damaged or destroyed as a result of the misconduct.

(5) A student expelled from the University is not permitted to re-enrol except with the permission of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

(6) Unless the Director of Student Life  in recognition of a student’s circumstances permits payment over a longer period, a fine imposed under these regulations must be paid within 10 University working days of its notification to the student.

(7) Unless the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) decides otherwise, a student who has not paid a fine or any fees or other debts due and payable by them to the University, is not, so long as the fine, fees or other debts remain unpaid—

(a) permitted to re-enrol;

(b) informed of results of examinations;

(c) granted credit for a course or unit; or

(d) given a degree, diploma or other award.

(8) If a student charged with misconduct is eligible for conferral of an award, a decision on whether or not the award will be conferred must not be made until after the charge has been dealt with in accordance with these Regulations.

(9) In addition to the provisions of sub-regulation (7) and (8), the Director of Student Life  may suspend all or any of a student's rights and privileges as set out in paragraph 3.(1)(c) if the student does not pay a fine within the time specified in sub-regulation (6).

(10) Any suspension imposed by the Director of Student Life  under sub-regulation (9) ceases to have effect on payment of the overdue fine in respect of which it was imposed.

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Powers of staff to impose penalties

5.(1) Members of staff may impose penalties for instances of misconduct by a student as set out in Regulations 6 to 13.

(2) Procedural responsibilities of staff in relation to alleged academic misconduct by students and guidelines for applying penalties are as set out in the University Policy on: Academic Integrity.

(3) A member of staff who believes that an instance of misconduct warrants a penalty which is greater or more appropriate than those within their power to impose, may refer the instance to one of the members of staff specified in Regulations 8 to 13 who have the power to impose a greater or more appropriate penalty. (For procedures relating specifically to alleged academic misconduct refer also to the University Policy on: Academic Integrity.

(4) A member of staff who believes that an instance of misconduct warrants a hearing before a Board of Discipline may refer the instance, through the relevant head of school or through the Director of Student Life  to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor who will determine what action to take.

(5) A member of staff may obtain advice from the University Secretary on the most appropriate member of staff to deal with an instance of misconduct.

(6) A member of staff imposing a penalty must have regard to—

(a) the nature and severity of the misconduct;

(b) the principle that academic penalties may only be imposed for misconduct which is primarily of an academic nature;

(c) previous penalties imposed on a student for misconduct in accordance with these Regulations;

(d) the University Policy on: Academic Integrity for instances of alleged academic misconduct;

(e) any relevant mitigating circumstances.

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