Conduct and discipline

Conduct and discipline

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Full details of the University’s procedures and the operation of those procedures are given in the Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline (pdf) and its appendices:

Please note that this Policy applies to any disciplinary investigation which commenced on or after 1st August 2017. For investigations which commenced prior to 1st August 2017 which have not yet been concluded or for which a Completion of Procedures letter has not yet been issued, please refer to the old Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline (copies available from the Academic Compliance Team - email ).

Conduct

As a student you are expected to conduct yourself, both on and off the campus, in a manner which demonstrates respect for the University, its staff, fellow students and property, and for other members of the local community in general. The University places great emphasis on the good behaviour of its students and has a formal procedure for dealing with serious cases of misconduct. For this purpose the University has developed some rules for student conduct and the following provides a substantive but not exhaustive list of activities which the University regards as constituting misconduct. These are:

  • Any breach of University Ordinances or Regulations or Codes of Practice, including the Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations;
  • Substantial obstruction or interference with the functions, duties or legitimate activities of any student or member of staff of the University, or any visitor to the University;
  • Violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening, intimidating or offensive behaviour or language (whether expressed orally, in writing or electronically, including blogs, social networking websites and other electronic means);
  • Actions or behaviours that the University defines as sexual misconduct under Appendix I to this Policy;
  • Distribution or publication of a poster, notice, sign or any electronic publication including audio-visual material, social media post, blog or webpage, which is offensive, intimidating, threatening, indecent or illegal;
  • Any behaviour which could constitute discrimination or harassment on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender re-assignment, race, religion (including antisemitism), disability or age of any student or member of staff of the University, honorary staff, recognised teacher or any visitor to the University;
  • Fraud, deceit, deception or dishonesty in relation to the University or its staff, students or visitors;
  • Bribery or attempted bribery including but not limited to offering or giving money, gifts or any other advantage to any student  or employee of the University, honorary staff, recognised teacher or any visitor to the University with the intention of inducing that person to perform his/her role improperly or of rewarding that person for performing his/her role improperly;
  • Misrepresentation or falsification of pre-entry qualifications, previous study, work experience, or personal statement which emerges post-admission to a programme of study;
  • Failure to declare a criminal conviction during the admissions process.  Offences which are spent under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 should also be declared as they may affect the right to practise for students following programmes leading to a professional qualification;
  • Failure to inform the University using the prescribed procedures of receiving, whilst registered on a programme of study, a Police caution, charge or conviction (convictions for a motoring offence for which a fine and a maximum penalty of three points are imposed are excluded);
  • Theft, misappropriation, unauthorised use or misuse of University property, or the property of its students, staff or visitors whilst on University premises or engaged in University business;
  • Falsification of student attendance records, using either manual or electronic systems;
  • Misuse of computers or the communications network, including the unauthorised use of the University’s logo or name, or any breach of the University’s policy on the use of its information systems, including social media;
  • Intentional or reckless damage or defacement to University property or the property of students, staff or visitors whilst on University premises or engaged in University business;
  • Action which may cause injury or jeopardise the safety of others whilst on University premises or engaged in University business;
  • Unauthorised possession or use on University premises or whilst engaged in University business of any firearm or dangerous weapon;
  • Unauthorised or inappropriate use, whilst on University premises or whilst engaged in University business, of sporting equipment, toys or similar;
  • Unauthorised use or occupation of University premises;
  • Any breach of a University Tenancy Agreement;
  • Failure to provide proof of identity when requested to do ;
  • The possession, sale, supply or the use or misuse of any controlled drug on University premises;
  • Failure to comply with any penalties or sanctions imposed as a result of the University’s disciplinary procedures or contempt of those procedures;
  • Any conduct which may be discreditable to the University or may bring the University into disrepute.

In particular, you should note that the University’s disciplinary jurisdiction over students’ conduct is not limited to that exercised solely on University premises or solely within term-time.  This means, for example, that the Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations apply to overseas examination centres as well as those run at a University campus, that your behaviour off campus and during vacations, weekends, evenings on placements and field trips may be taken into consideration.  It also means that your behaviour in a social setting (for example in University residences, or on social media) may have consequences for your academic progress on your programme of study whether or not it takes place during normal University opening hours.

Summary Jurisdiction

Various officers of the University such as Heads of Schools, Wardens of Halls and Hall Managers, the Librarian, the Director of Computing Services and the Director of Corporate Communications have delegated powers to deal with less serious instances of misconduct within their area of responsibility. They may thus apply summary jurisdiction if they determine that you have committed an act of misconduct. Their power of summary jurisdiction enables them:

  • to deliver a formal reprimand or formal or final warning;
  • a requirement to make a written apology to any party concerned;
  • to impose a fine not exceeding £200
  • to require, if you are responsible for loss or damage to property (NB: not specifically University property), to pay for that loss or damage, in whole or in part, limited to a total value of £1500;
  • to withdraw privileges (understood to mean particularly any privileges abused by you) for up to one month;
  • a requirement to remove material published either in hard copy or electronically which is deemed to be inappropriate.

Formal disciplinary procedures

Should you commit a more serious instance of misconduct (e.g. allegedly cheating in an examination), your case will be considered and investigated by the University and you will have the opportunity of contributing to the consideration of your case and the collection of evidence by the University’s Investigating Officer, who has the ultimate responsibility of deciding whether or not there is a sufficient case for consideration by the Board of Discipline, or whether or not the case should be referred for summary jurisdiction by an appropriate University Officer.

In such cases you will be informed by the Investigating Officer of both the charges being made and the Officer’s final decision with regard to how the case is to be considered. You should be aware that the Board of Discipline has very significant powers to deal with cases of misconduct. For example, if it is satisfied that a charge has been proved and that a breach of discipline has occurred, it may impose a fine or other penalty, it may suspend a student from the University for a period, or it may expel a student from the University. In the event of loss or damage to property, the Board may also require that such loss or damage be made good, either in whole or in part. In particular, you should note that in cases where cheating in examinations is proven, the Board has frequently applied a penalty of a mark of zero for the module concerned together with a suspension from studies for an academic session. In some cases, students have had their studies terminated. You should also be aware that failure to comply with any penalty imposed either by the Board of Discipline or by summary jurisdiction will constitute a further disciplinary offence and, almost certainly, will involve consideration by a Board of Discipline.

The University has a duty to inform the police and other law-enforcement agencies if it considers that a student is engaged in illegal activity, and the University will support the Police or other agencies in their investigations.  Police investigations will normally take precedence over internal University disciplinary investigations which would not be initiated until the Police investigation is concluded, unless the status of the Police investigation is not clear.  Where the University considers that there may be undesirable consequences for the student to remain at the University during the period of any Police or other investigation, it may initiate the procedures for suspension.

Criminal Offences

The University has a duty of care to its staff and students and thus it needs to be informed of any alleged criminal activity by its staff or students. If at any time during your registration on a programme of study at the University you are subject to an investigation that may lead to your being charged with a criminal offence, or if you receive a Police caution, or if you are arrested by the police and charged with or convicted of a criminal offence, you are required to report this immediately to the Director of Student Administration and Support. If you are sent for trial, the Director must also be kept informed at all stages either by you or your solicitor. If you are convicted* then this must also be reported along with details of any sentence imposed. Students on some professional programmes may also be required by their respective departments to report annually on any current criminal records. This requirement is in addition to the University’s requirement to report such matters to the Director of Student Administration and Support and may result in a referral to the University’s Fitness to Practise Procedures .

* A conviction includes being put on probation, being given absolute or conditional discharge, being bound over, or being given a formal caution. Students need not declare parking or speeding offences which are subject to fixed penalties.

To declare an investigation, charge, formal caution or criminal record to the Director of Student Administration and Support, please complete the ‌Criminal Offences Declaration Form.

Student Alcohol and Drugs Policy

The University of Liverpool is committed to ensuring that the use of alcohol and drugs does not have an adverse effect on the working and social conditions of the University's students, staff and visitors. Students and staff are reminded that it is a criminal offence to produce, supply, possess, or import a controlled drug, as defined under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. It is also a criminal offence to produce, supply, possess with the intent to supply, or import psychoactive substances, as defined under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

All students studying on any campus of the University are subject to the provisions of the Student Alcohol and Drugs Policy.

Advice and information

Whenever you become the subject of disciplinary action and feel the need for advice and help then you should contact the Liverpool Guild Advice Service, either by email to guildadvice@liverpool.ac.uk or by phoning 0151 794 6868.

Advice on procedural matters can be obtained from the Academic Compliance Team, who can be contacted at appeals@liverpool.ac.uk or on 0151 795 4306.