Have You Been Subjected To Student Misconduct?
The majority of students conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. As academics, we welcome comments and constructive criticism from students. At Huddersfield, we are always going the extra mile to make an excellent student experience. However, on occasions a student’s behaviour might make you feel threatened or bullied.
You have a right to be treated with dignity and respect by all members of the university, whether they be staff or students
We are all aware of student complaints procedures but we are often unaware of procedures which protect us from students’ inappropriate behaviour.
Students are bound by the University of Huddersfield Student Handbook. The Student Charter (August 2015) states that students must treat staff and their fellow students equally and respectfully. In addition to this, the following are considered to be grounds for student misconduct (Please note that the list is not exhaustive):
- disruption of, or improper interference with, the academic, administrative, sporting, social or other activities of the University, whether on University premises or elsewhere;
- improper interference with the functions, duties or activities of any student or member of staff of the University or of any authorised visitor to the University;
- violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening or offensive behaviour whilst on or external to University premises or engaged in any University activity;
- fraud, deceit, deception or dishonesty in relation to the University or its staff or in connection with holding any office in the University, in the Students’ Union or in relation to being a student of the University;
- breach of professional conduct;
- action likely to cause injury, impair safety or raise false alarm on University premises;
- sexual, homophobic, racial or other unlawful harassment of any student or member of staff of the University or of any authorised visitor to the University;
- breach of the Regulations which students accept as a condition of enrolment;
- damage to, or defacement of, University property or the property of other members of the University community caused intentionally or recklessly, and theft or misappropriation of such property;
- placing posters, signs or notices on any surface other than where authorised to do so in accordance with University policy;
- Misuse of a Student ID card issued at enrolment or upon request, this includes passing to or exchanging ID cards with another student or persons external to the University.
- dropping litter of any description on University premises whether inside or outside buildings or smoking in unauthorised areas;
- misuse or unauthorised use of University premises or items of property; breach of the University’s Social Media Policy;
- the submission of a complaint found to be frivolous, vexatious or motivated by malice;
- behaviour which renders the student unfit to practise any particular profession to which that student’s course of study leads directly (see Fitness to Practise) policy and procedure;
- conduct which may be regarded as a breach of the criminal law where that conduct:
- took place on University premises, or
- affected or concerned other members of the University, or
- damages the good name of the University, or
- itself constitutes misconduct within the terms of these procedures, or
- is an offence of dishonesty, where the student holds an office of responsibility in the University;
- behaviour which, in the reasonable opinion of the University, brings the University into disrepute;
- failure to disclose name and registration details to an officer or employee of the University in circumstances when it is reasonable to require that such information be given;
- failure to comply with a previously imposed penalty or instruction under these procedures or any other University procedure.
What Can I Do If I’ve Been A Victim Of Student Misconduct?
Seek support by contacting UCU in the strictest confidence. After consulting with a rep, you can decide whether or not you wish to move the complaint forward. Whether or not you decide to proceed, it’s important that, at least, UCU are made aware of the situation so that we can understand whether or not this problem is becoming widespread. We can offer you practical advice and guidance.
Should you proceed with the complaint, we can support you through the process and help you to resolve the problem either through informal channels (dealt with within the School) or more formal channels (dealt with by a disciplinary panel).
The case is investigated within the School. If the complaint is upheld, possible outcomes for the student are as follows:
- a formal written warning
- a restriction notice
- a suspension of no more than two weeks
- a fine of up to £200
The case is referred to a disciplinary panel. If the complaint is upheld, possible outcomes for the student include those from the informal process, and in addition further sanctions may be applied, such as exclusion from the university.
You have a right to be treated with dignity and respect.