The University has a code of practice on Student Discipline (non-academic) if an allegation of misconduct is made against you under this policy then AUSA can support you though the process.
What constitutes non-academic misconduct under this code?
The university may consider a case of misconduct if it takes place on university premises; is committed by a student engaged in a university activity; or affects other members of the university community. There are a variety of offences under this code at varying levels of severity these include but are not limited to anti-social behaviour; tampering with university equipment; damaging university property; threating or violent language or behaviour; and discrimination against any member of the university community.
What happens if any allegation is made against me?
In the first instance a preliminary investigation will be conduct to if access the situation. This may include an informal meeting with yourself and any other parties’ involved. AUSA Advice can attend this meeting with you are explain the process.
What could happen following a preliminary investigation?
There are a number of outcomes following this stage, the investigating officer may dismiss the case or decide that the matter has already been resolved. If the investigating officer believes misconduct did occur they may issue a fixed penalty; refer the case to a local hearing, or a University Disciplinary Committee.
What happens if I am invited to a local hearing?
Following a preliminary investigation in your case is referred to a local hearing you shall be informed in writing of the allegation and invited to the hearing. Prior to this meeting you will be given a copy of the Code of practice on student discipline and any evidence to be considered as part of this process. You will also be invited to respond to the allegation in writing in advance of this meeting but are not required to provide anything. If you are invited to a meeting of this nature AUSA Advice can attend with you and help you to prepare.
What are the possible outcomes?
If you admit the offence or the Disciplinary Officer finds the case to be proven then you could be given a written or oral reprimand; asked to pay a fine or compensation; be temporarily excluded from a service; or removed from university halls.
What is a Disciplinary Committee hearing?
Normally cases will not be referred to this stage. Only if the alleged misconduct is so severe that it could result in a student’s exclusion, suspension or expulsion from the university will a Disciplinary Committee hearing be conducted.
Can I appeal the decision?
Yes, you can appeal the outcome from this process if you have grounds to do so within 10 working. If you would like to appeal a decision AUSA Advice can assist with this and can advise you on the grounds of appeal.
At any point during a disciplinary investigation a student can request representation from the Students’ Association. If you would like representation through the disciplinary process contact AUSA Advice on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or drop into the AUSA Students’ Union, Elphinstone Road.
For more information on academic disciplinaries, procedure and standard outcomes refer to the ‘Code of practice on student discipline (non-academic)’, which can be found here: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/staffnet/documents/academic-quality-handbook/Code%20of%20Practice%20in%20Student%20Discipline%20(Non%20academic).pdf.