Decisions and outcomes
If the decision of a student discipline authority is a finding of no misconduct, then no further action will be taken and the student and the complainant will be advised of this in writing.
If the decision of the student discipline authority is a finding of misconduct, the student discipline authority will determine any actions to be undertaken as a consequence, in accordance with the Student Discipline Regulations.
Such actions may include one or more of the following:
- issue to the student a warning containing a statement of the possible consequences if the act or behaviour that provoked the complaint is repeated
- require an undertaking from the student as to future behaviour while he or she remains enrolled at the University and set in place provisions for monitoring the student's behaviour in keeping with the undertaking
- require the student to provide any appropriate and available remedy to relieve distress, or repair damage, or correct a mistake
- require the student to make a public or private apology, either written or spoken
- require the student to pay, by a given date, compensation or a fine of up to $1000
- arrange for the student to be formally reprimanded by the relevant Dean or by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, either in person or in writing
- suspend the student from attendance at any class or programme for up to one year
- exclude the student from, or limit access to, any designated part or facility of the University for a specified period of time or permanently
- cancel a student's enrolment at the University, as a whole or in respect of any paper or programme, for a specified period of time or permanently
- if the misconduct is related to a particular paper or programme of the University,
- require the student to repeat or complete additional assessment
- refuse or reduce credit for part or all of an individual item of assessment, or refuse credit for a paper as a whole
- require the student to participate in a specified educational and/or training programme related to the misconduct, in terms prescribed by the Student Discipline Committee and within a prescribed period.
(see sections 14(6), 15(3) 16(8), 17, 18, 19, 20(9), 21, 22, 23, 24 of the Student Discipline Regulations)
The student and the complainant will receive a copy of the decision letter by email. If other parties will be involved in the implementation of any actions, such as the ongoing monitoring of behaviour or the alteration of grades, then those staff members will also be advised. Student discipline matters otherwise remain confidential to the parties involved and specific information about a particular student must not be discussed with other staff or students.
What if I disagree with the decision?
If you disagree with the decision of the student discipline authority, please contact the Academic Integrity Advisor in the first instance.
Provision for Appeal
If a student believes that a decision made with respect to a complaint of misconduct against them under the Student Discipline Regulations is unfair, he or she may appeal the decision. An appeal must be received by the appeal authority not more than 14 days after the date on which the relevant decision was formally notified to the student, the appeal must be made in writing, and it must be based on one or more of the following grounds:
- that the process used for addressing the alleged misconduct was unfair
- that the decision reached was manifestly at odds with the evidence
- that the remedy imposed was manifestly at odds with the misconduct
- that significant new evidence has become available that could not have been reasonably obtained and presented during the initial process and that could have a material effect on the decision made.
(section 25(4) and section 26(4) of the Student Discipline Regulations)
In the event that a student submits an appeal, the complainant/s will be notified and invited to respond to the appeal, either in person at the appeal hearing or in writing. Any actions imposed by the student discipline authority whose decision is the subject of the appeal will be set aside until the appeal process has been completed.
The decision of the appeal authority is final.