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What can I expect to happen at the hearing?

The hearing is a formal enquiry into the complaint. You will be asked to respond to the complaint and to provide supporting information. Supporting information might include drafts of an assessment item, emails, study notes, medical certificates, police reports, whatever is relevant to show what happened. Any information or evidence you bring to the hearing will be given to the complainant. Although it is not compulsory for the complainant to attend, they have the right to do so and are encouraged to attend to defend their point of view, present any evidence and answer any questions the authority may have.

When you have finished presenting your response and all questions have been answered, the authority will retire to make a decision about whether misconduct was committed and, if so, any penalties or outcomes to be imposed. Discipline hearings usually take between ten to hirty minutes but can be longer if necessary.

Natural justice underlies all discipline processes and you have the right to see all evidence considered in relation to the complaint against you and to have that evidence considered by an impartial and unbiased authority. You are welcome to ask for advice from a WSU advocacy officer, Māori Mentors, a University staff member or a University International Student Advisor prior to the meeting.

May I bring someone to the hearing?

You can bring another person to the hearing; a support person or an adviser.  More than one person may be allowed to attend with the Chairperson’s permission.

Support Person: Family member, friend, or classmate.

Adviser: Waikato Student Union (WSU) advocacy officer or any member of your community you choose. For further information about the WSU student advocacy service visit

The Student Discipline Committee can provide an interpreter for speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese. Speakers of other languages may bring someone to help them with translation if they wish.

What can I expect to happen after a hearing?

After the hearing has concluded, the authority will make a decision. That decision will be based on the information from the complainant, your submissions at the hearing and any further information that may be sought by the authority after the hearing.  If further information is obtained and it is relevant to the decision it will be made available to both you and the complainant so you both have an opportunity to respond to it before a decision is finalised.

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