Download our Misconduct Flowchart (PDF) for an overview of the process.
Students who engage in improper conduct – that is, behaviour which disrupts the good order and harmony of the College and is contrary to the standard required by our policies and regulations – may have disciplinary proceedings brought against them.
Any member of staff can raise an allegation of misconduct. Students who have concerns about another student’s conduct should raise the problem with their Head of Department or another member of the departmental faculty.
In extreme cases, or when it is deemed necessary, a student may be temporarily suspended or excluded pending further investigation.
There are three stages to investigating allegations of misconduct. The first comprises a preliminary enquiry, undertaken by the Appeals & Complaints Department, to ascertain whether or not there is a substantive case to be made. The student will be notified of the general charge against them, and given the opportunity to respond with a statement or explanation. Should, at this stage, the investigator decide that the allegation is warranted or an offence has been committed, s/he has the power to:
- Take no further action in the matter.
- Deliver a warning.
- Reprimand the student
- Summon the student to appear before a Disciplinary Committee.
If the outcome of the preliminary enquiry is that a Disciplinary Committee should be convened, the student will be informed in writing and invited to attend. Should they wish to, they may be accompanied by a friend or bring a witness.
The panel will have no prior knowledge of the offence committed, nor will they have had any previous contact with the student under investigation. The composition of the Committee is set out in the student conduct procedure found here. The Committee will reach a decision after hearing from the department bringing the allegation against the student, from the student themselves, and from any witnesses present. It is within the Committee’s power to:
- Issue a written warning.
- Issue a written reprimand.
- Suspend or exclude the student from the College or from premises owned or occupied by the College for a stated period.
- Remove the student from their programme of study.
- Permanently dismiss the student from the College.
- Demand payment of a sum determined by the Director of Finance, not exceeding the cost thereof, for the repair of damage caused by, or the settlement of other expenses arising from, the offence.
If the student feels the investigation to have been procedurally irregular, or is in possession of fresh evidence which could not reasonably have been presented at the hearing, or feels that the outcome of the hearing was not reasonable in all the circumstances, they may submit a request for review.
The initial consideration of this request will be undertaken by the Director of Executive & Governance Services, or their nominee.
If the Director is satisfied that the request discloses arguable grounds s/he will undertake a review of the investigation. If the request is found to be without merit, it will be dismissed and a Completion of Procedures Letter sent (this confirms that the College’s internal procedures have been completed).
It is within the director’s power to:
- Uphold the verdict of the Disciplinary Committee.
- Overturn the verdict.
- Convene a Review Committee.
The Review Committee will have the power to uphold the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, or to overrule it and offer a new outcome. Its constitution is described here. This is the final stage of the College’s misconduct proceedings; the student will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing and given a Completion of Procedures Letter.
Advice & Support
Goldsmiths’ Students’ Union provides an independent advocacy and advice service on academic matters.
Alternatively, you may contact the Appeals & Complaints Department at appeals (@gold.ac.uk) for further information.
Goldsmiths’ Wellbeing Service offers support to students who are finding it difficult to engage with their studies. The Service offers email support as well as face-to-face counselling sessions.