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What hearing options do I have?

A discipline hearing is held to resolve complaints and there are three different processes:

1) Summary Jurisdiction - this hearing is conducted by one person who makes the decision if there is misconduct and decides what the penalties will be. This is usually the Chairperson of the Student Discipline Committee (see section 14 of the Student Discipline Regulations), but may be a Chairperson of a Department who has delegated authority (see section 15 of the Student Discipline Regulations) to hold summary jurisdiction hearings.  This hearing is offered to students with no previous findings of misconduct.

2) Student Discipline Committee - this hearing is held by the Committee which consists of five people appointed by the University; the chairperson, two academic staff members and two student members (see section 16 of the Student Discipline Regulations).  This process is used if you have already had a finding of misconduct, the complaint is of a serious or unusual nature or the assessment item is 100% of the grade, such as a dissertation or thesis.

3) Tikanga process – this process seeks a resolution to the complaint in a Māori way and it is facilitated by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori assisted by a tikanga panel who have been appointed by PVC Māori (see section 13 of the Student Discipline Regulations).  This process is only available when the complainant, the student, the PVC Māori and the Chairperson of the Student Discipline Committee all agree to it.




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