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 or Deputy (see sections 14 and 22 of the Student Discipline Regulations), but may be an Academic who has delegated authority (see sections 15 and 22 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 Student Discipline Committee which consists of five people (the chairperson, two staff members and two student members) appointed by the University (see section 24 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 Tikanga (Māori custom) way and it is facilitated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Māori assisted by a tikanga panel who have been appointed by DVC Māori (see section 23 of the Student Discipline Regulations). This process is only available when the complainant, the student, the DVC Māori and the Chairperson of the Student Discipline Committee all agree to it.