Disciplinary Rules & ProceduresStudents are expected to familiarise themselves with the requirements of the University as set out in the Handbook of Student Regulations, the Equal Opportunities Policy and the Race Equality Policy.
On enrolment with the University, students agree to abide by the University rules, procedures and regulations. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which demonstrates respect for the local community, the University, its staff, students and property.
Disciplinary action may be invoked against a student if there is a complaint from any person either from within or outside the University community that a student has committed misconduct. Serious breaches of this code could amount to gross misconduct, which may lead to suspension, restriction or even expulsion from the University.
Examples of gross misconduct include:
- Violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening or offensive behaviour or language whilst on University premises or whilst engaged in any University activity. This includes sexual, racial or other harassment.
- Action which causes injury or breaches health and safety regulations on University premises.
- Theft or intentional or reckless damage to University property, or the property of other members of the University community.
- Criminal offences where these offences involve other members of the University or directly affect the interests of the University.
- Breach of regulations for the use of library and computing facilities.
- Misuse or unauthorised use of University premises or items of property, including computer misuse.
- Disruption or improper interference with the academic or administrative processes of the University.
- Examination offences, as defined in the University Assessment Regulations (e.g. cheating or plagiarism).
- Breaches of the University's Equal Opportunities Policy and/or Race Equality Policy in respect of other members of the University, or any person engaged in University business.
- Behaviour which interferes with the legitimate freedom of speech, ideas, actions or enquiry of other members of the University or any person, engaged in University business.
- Breach of House Rules in relation to University residences.
- Failure to comply with any ruling made as a result of disciplinary proceedings.
- Behaviour which brings, or may bring, the University into disrepute.
Disciplinary rules and procedures
The Disciplinary Rules and Procedures apply to all students of Northumbria.
The Disciplinary Rules and Procedures are set out in the Handbook of Student Regulations: Section 3
There are three stages to the Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures. In brief these comprise:
- Stage One: Informal Stage
- Stage Two: Formal
- Stage Three: Appeal
Where to get help
If you have been notified that there has been a complaint of misconduct made against you it is important that you have read and understood the Handbook of Student Regulations: Section 3. If you need help or further information you can get advice from the Welfare & International Support team or the Students' Union Advice and Representation Centre.