Information for reported students

What being reported for a breach in Student Conduct Regulations could mean and what rights reported students have.

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Also see the process overview, what to expect from an investigation meeting and conduct hearing.

What this means for studies

The College has the power under the Conduct Regulations to take precautionary action, including suspension or exclusion, in relation to any student who is alleged to have acted in contravention of said regulations.

In most cases, the College will avoid the implementation of an exclusion from campus. However, in the event of the College deeming that exclusion is appropriate, the student’s Department will be informed, and steps will be taken to minimise the impact that this action will have on the reported student’s learning experience.

In some cases, a student's fitness to practice on some professional courses may be called into question, and it may be necessary to temporarily withdraw a student a placement until an investigation takes place.

In all cases the College will take reasonable steps to support a student who has been reported for misconduct to continue their studies during the period of any temporary exclusion.

Who is informed

In most instances, only the reported student will be informed about a report that has been made about them. They can then choose to involve other parties for advice such as the Students' Union or Wellbeing Service.

In some cases, it may be necessary to inform Head(s) of Department or Campus Security that a student is subject to a misconduct investigation, but the nature of the investigation will not be shared. A student may be asked to meet with a senior tutor in their department for academic and pastoral support.

If a criminal act may have taken place, the reporting student may choose to make a police report.


Students have the right to:

  • See all evidence the College holds against them, before responding to any accusations of breaches of conduct
  • Decline to respond to allegations, but investigations will continue without their input in this case
  • Bring a supporting party (for example a friend or Students' Union representative) to meetings or interviews regarding breaches of conduct
  • Appeal any decision made by a preliminary investigation or disciplinary hearing

Students do not generally have the right to bring external legal representation to meetings or interviews regarding breaches of conduct.

How long the process can take

Ideally, the student will be informed immediately of any allegations of misconduct made against them and given one week to respond to said allegations in writing. Alternatively, an interview can also be arranged.

Students should be aware that investigations can take significant amounts of time, but every effort will be taken to minimise the impact to either the reporting student or responding student’s learning experience, where possible