Boards of Discipline

Committee description

Secretary: Mrs Sheila Jones, Email: sheila.jones@liverpool.ac.uk

In accordance with the provisions of Ordinance 24:

  1. Every student shall be subject to such rules regulating the conduct of students as may from time to time be made by the Senate and approved by the Council.
  2. A formal charge against a student of conduct which may be discreditable to the University or detrimental to the discharge of its duties or a violation of its rules may be referred by the Investigating Officer to a Board of Discipline. A Board of Appeal shall hear and determine appeals which may be made to it from the Board of Discipline.
  3. The Board of Discipline and the Board of Appeal shall be autonomous bodies, but reports on the meetings of the Board of Discipline and the Board of Appeal shall be submitted to the Council and the Senate for information.
  4. The Board of Discipline and the Board of Appeal shall respectively have the following compositions, powers and duties.

Members or key people

The Board of Discipline shall consist of:

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education (or, where s/he is unable to Chair a hearing, any one of the six professorial members of the Board of Discipline, nominated by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education or by the Vice-Chancellor), who shall be a member ex officio and Chair*, and two other members chosen from a panel of fifteen members appointed by the Senate, of whom six shall be from the professorial staff:

Dr A Alghrani (2017-20)
Professor C Forsdick (2019-22)
Professor R-D Herzberg (2017-20)
Dr G Hooper (2017-20)
Dr Z Hussain (2014-17)
Dr S McKinnell (2019-22)
Professor A Morse (2019-22)
Dr A Plowman (2017-20)
Dr K Salmon (2017-20)
Dr T Teubner (2014-17)
Dr F Watkins (2019-22)
Professor D Williams (2017-20)
Dr Xu (Judy) Zhu (2017-20)

One professorial vacancy

One non-professorial vacancy

Together with a Student Representative Officer.

  • The Director of Student Administration and Support shall be the Secretary to the Board of Discipline.
  • It shall be the duty of the Board of Discipline to hear and determine charges referred to it by the Investigating Officer.
  • If the Board of Discipline is satisfied that the charge has been proved and that a breach of discipline has occurred, it may impose a fine or other penalty, may suspend a student from the University for a period, or may expel a student from the University. In the event of damage of property the Board may in addition require that such damage be made good, either in whole or in part.

The Board of Appeal

The Board of Appeal shall consist of:

The President of the Council or another lay member of the Council nominated by the President, normally the Pro-Chancellor (ex officio)(Chair) and two other members chosen from the following, of whom at least one should be a lay member of the Council:

Two lay members of the Council:
Dr R Platt (2020-23)
Ms C Ankrah-Lucas (2019-22)

Two members appointed by the Senate:
Professor R McGrath (2015-18)
Professor D Morris (2015-18)

The Director of Student Administration and Support shall be the Secretary to the Board of Appeal.(iii) It shall be the duty of the Board of Appeal to hear and determine appeals made to it by students from decisions of the Board of Discipline, which appeals may be made against a finding and/or a sentence.(iv) No appeal shall lie to the Board of Appeal by the University.

The membership of the Board of Discipline and the Board of Appeal shall be such that no one person shall be a member of both Boards. Any person who has preferred a charge, or was a party to preferring a charge, shall be ineligible to sit as a member of any one of the Boards hearing the charge.