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CODE OF STUDENT DISCIPLINE APPLICATION OF CODE



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CODE OF STUDENT DISCIPLINE

  1. APPLICATION OF CODE


This Code of Student Discipline applies to all students. The Code is non-contractual and the University reserves the right to alter or withdraw it any time.
This Code is not intended to create rights beyond our legal obligations.
One of the purposes of this Code is to help and encourage students to achieve and maintain standards of conduct required by the University. It is essential that all students comply with these standards and understand that if they fail to do so this is likely to lead to action by the University. This Code also outlines the action that will be taken when those standards are not met.
We recognise the importance of attempting to resolve issues about discipline within the University and we will attempt to do so, when that is practicable. This Code includes a note of the procedures that are designed to aid this.
All students of the University are subject to the jurisdiction of the Principal in respect of their conduct.
The Principal has overall responsibility for ensuring the consistent application of this Code.
In what circumstances will this Code apply?

The University will apply the procedures set out in this Code if it contemplates taking disciplinary action against you (unless the University, in its sole discretion, decides that it is inappropriate to do so):


2. Offences

2.1 Some examples of the offences that these procedures normally apply to are:


2.2 Minor Offences

The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples of minor offences:


2.2.1  Violation of the various rules and regulations relating to student conduct issued from time to time with the authority of the University Senate.  You are deemed to have read regularly (at least at the start of each Semester) and understood the rules and regulations of the University relating to student conduct.  A copy is available on the University’s website.

2.2.2 Any of the offences specified in 2.2.1 above when committed in another institution which students attend as part of a University course or when committed by students on placements or field trips.


2.2.3 Noise
2.2.4 Anti-social behaviour and/or language
2.2.5 Improper use of non-controlled substances (e.g. alcohol and tobacco)
2.2.6 Minor damage to, or unauthorised use of, University property
2.2.7 Minor breaches of safety regulations
2.2.8 IT based anti-social or unreasonable behaviour
2.2.9 Refusing to fulfil minor contractual obligations
Note: A number of minor offences committed by one student or a group of students may constitute a major disciplinary offence.
2.3 Students’ Association Offences
2.3.1 The University Senate has empowered the University Students’ Association to act as a disciplinary body in terms of the regulations and procedures specified in the Students’ Association Code of Discipline as authorised by the University Senate. You are deemed to have read and understood the Students’ Association Code of Discipline regularly (at least at the start of each Semester). A copy is available on the University’s website.
2.4 Major Offences
The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples of major offences:

2.4.1 Offences in connection with examinations or assessments which are intended to allow the student to obtain an unfair advantage.


2.4.2 Falsification, misrepresentation or misuse of University documents including degrees, diplomas, certificates and matriculation cards.
2.4.3 Use of the work of other students, past or present, or substantial and unacknowledged use of published material or violation of copyright material presented as the student’s own work.
2.4.4 Avoidance or attempted avoidance of security procedures to gain access to files and work done by users of University computing equipment.
2.4.5 The use or attempted use of University computing equipment to gain unauthorised access to computing facilities outwith the University campus and/or access to web or other IT related material as defined in the University Regulations pertaining to the use of Information Technology Facilities.
2.4.6 False pretences or impersonation.
2.4.7 Theft, fraud, misapplication of or gross negligence in connection with funds or property of any kind.


      1. Causing negligent or wilful damage to or on property or premises owned or controlled by the University or to or on premises to which.




      1. Deliberate and malicious misuse of safety equipment.




      1. Riotous or disorderly conduct affecting good order within the University or persistently noisy or disruptive behaviour anywhere in the University.




      1. Assault.

2.4.12 Harassment, discrimination or incitement including harassment, discrimination or incitement on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or religious or political belief, disability, age, gender, mental status or detailed in the appropriate University policies available on the University’s website, which you are deemed to have read regularly (at least at the start of each Semester) and understood.


2.4.13 The use, abuse or touting of controlled substances.
2.4.14 Contravention of the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education Trial License – August 2005 which states as at December 2006:
Students may only scan, for study purposes, books, journals and other copyrighted material within the terms of fair dealing – 5% or one chapter of a book or up to 5% or one article from a journal issue (See University copyright policy for further details).
Single copies only may be taken for personal use. Scanning for multiple usage may only be undertaken by designated University personnel.
2.4.15 Unauthorised use of the University’s internet and e-mail connections as defined in University Regulations pertaining to the use of Information Technology Facilities .
2.4.16 Contravention of established procedures, working practices or regulations dictated by current legislation or authorities.
2.4.17 Non-return of any equipment or property loaned from the University.
2.4.18 Any of the offences specified in 2.4.1 - 2.4.18 above when committed in another institution which students attend as part of a University course or when committed by students on placements or field trips.
2.4.19 Any conduct or activity of any nature which may bring the University into disrepute whether such conduct or activity takes place either in the University or outside the University, including violent behaviour, threatening violence and immoral or obscene conduct.
2.4.20 Failure to comply with the decision of a Dean of School (or equivalent) in relation to a minor offence or failure to comply with the decision of the Senate Disciplinary Committee in the case of an appeal against a decision of a Dean of School (or equivalent) in relation to a minor offence.
3. Procedures
3.1 Minor Offences

3.1.1 Where a student is accused of a minor offence the matter shall be dealt with by the student’s Dean of School (or equivalent) or the Dean of School (or equivalent) in the School in which the offence took place.


3.2 Major Offences

3.2.1 Except where the allegation is under 2.4.1, 2.4.3 or 2.4.12 above, where a Dean of School (or equivalent), considers that the alleged offence is a major offence as defined herein the matter shall be reported to the Principal immediately.


3.2.2 If the offence is admitted, the Principal shall have the authority to admonish or reprimand the student or, if the Principal deems it necessary, to remit the matter for action to the Senate Disciplinary Committee constituted in accordance with 3.2.6 herein. Where the matter is remitted for action to the Senate Disciplinary Committee, the Principal shall have the authority to suspend the student on the grounds that such suspension would be in the best interests of the University and/or the other students. Where a student has been suspended the Senate Disciplinary Committee shall normally meet within seven days.
3.2.3 If the student denies having committed the alleged offence the Principal shall remit the matter to the Senate Disciplinary Committee for determination. In that case, the Principal shall have the power to suspend the student on the grounds that such suspension would be in the best interests of the University and/or the other students but the Principal will endeavour to have completed all investigations and convened a meeting of the Senate Disciplinary Committee within fourteen days of the first date of suspension.
3.2.4 Where an allegation has been made under 2.4.1 above and notified by the appropriate Senior Invigilator to the Clerk to Senate, or where an allegation has been made under 2.4.3 above and notified by the appropriate Chair of the Assessment Board to the Clerk to Senate, or where the details and conclusions of an investigative report, made under the auspices of the University’s Policies in terms of 2.4.12 above, are notified by the appropriate authority to the Clerk to Senate, the Clerk to Senate shall remit the matter to the Senate Disciplinary Committee for investigation and/or disciplinary action as appropriate, normally within twenty eight days of the notification.
3.2.5 At any such meetings the Senate Disciplinary Committee shall:
3.2.5.1 Have the right to call for all relevant information including the right to call and hear witnesses.
3.2.5.2 Take each step under this procedure without unreasonable delay. The timing and location of meetings will be reasonable and meetings will be conducted in a manner that the University considers allows both parties to explain their respective cases appropriately. The student must take all reasonable steps to attend meetings they are requested to be present at. If the student is unable to attend a meeting they must explain this immediately to the person whom invited them to the meeting or the person who is conducting the meeting.
3.2.5.3 The Principal shall not be a member of the Senate Disciplinary Committee but shall place before it any reports or other relevant information required by the Committee.
3.2.5.5 Prior to the hearing of the disciplinary matter by the Senate Disciplinary Committee, the student will be provided with a written statement of the alleged offence or circumstances which have led the University to consider taking disciplinary action and the student will usually receive all relevant information presented to the Senate Disciplinary Committee. All written communications with the student shall be made to the last address notified to the University by the student and shall be delivered by both first class and recorded delivery or registered post.
The student will have the right to present relevant documentation and other information, submit a written statement to the Senate Disciplinary Committee prior to the meeting, lead evidence from witnesses and have the right to be accompanied at the meeting by a chosen representative who shall have the right of audience on the student’s behalf. Any written documentation or submission should be delivered to the Clerk to Senate either by hand or by recorded delivery or registered post.
3.2.6 The composition of the Senate Disciplinary Committee shall be:-
3.2.6.1 A chairman to be appointed by the Senate who shall hold office for a term not exceeding five years in the first instance.
3.2.6.2 Three members of the staff drawn from a pool of six members of appropriate staff approved by the Senate who shall hold office for a term not exceeding five years.
3.2.6.3 The current President of the Students’ Association.
3.2.6.4 One member of the Students’ Council to be appointed annually by the Council.
3.2.6.5 Four members of the Senate Disciplinary Committee shall form a quorum providing that at least two are members of University staff and one a student.
3.2.7 No member of the Senate Disciplinary Committee directly involved in the events giving rise to any charge or appeal shall be a member of the Committee hearing that charge or appeal.
3.2.8 The Committee shall have powers to appoint a legal adviser from outwith the University to advise the Committee.
3.2.9 The Clerk to Senate or his/her nominee shall act as clerk to the Senate Disciplinary Committee and shall be responsible for maintaining a confidential record of the proceedings of the Committee. The Clerk to Senate shall have powers to prepare orders for the regulation of the proceedings and business of the Senate Disciplinary Committee.

4. Penalties
4.1 Minor Offences

4.1.1 The Dean of School (or equivalent) will consider the offence and will have the authority to issue one or more of the following penalties, as appropriate, and it will endeavour to communicate its written decision within seven days of the hearing of the disciplinary matter:




  • verbal warning

  • charging for damage or loss

  • banning from facilities for short periods

  • removal of email account

4.1.2 All such minor offences and resultant penalties shall be recorded using the Minor Disciplinary Offences Records Form. The Dean of School (or equivalent) shall ensure that a Records Form is completed and signed by himself/herself and a copy given to the student. The original Records Form will be retained in a separate file by the Dean of School (or equivalent). In the case of an offence dealt with by a Dean of School (or equivalent) who is not the student’s Dean of School (or equivalent), a copy of the Records Form will be forwarded to the student’s Dean of School (or equivalent) for retention.


4.1.3 Students have a right of appeal against decisions of Dean of School (or equivalent) as set out in Section 5.
4.1.4 Should a student fail to comply with the decision of a Dean of School (or equivalent) or the decision of the Senate Disciplinary Committee in the case of an appeal against a decision of a Dean of School (or equivalent), this will constitute a major offence under Section 2.4 of the Code of Student Discipline.
4.1.5 Should an individual student accumulate two Records Forms in any six month period, this will be reported by the Dean of the student’s School to the Secretary of the Senate Disciplinary Committee for review in consultation with the Chair of the Senate Disciplinary Committee to determine whether or not further action is required.
4.2 Major Offences

4.2.1 The Senate Disciplinary Committee shall have the power to impose penalties. The Senate Disciplinary Committee will endeavour to issue its decision within seven days of the having of the hearing of the disciplinary matter.


4.2.2 Any student who has admitted a major offence or who is found to have committed a major offence may be liable to one or more of the following penalties:-
(a) an admonition

(b) a reprimand

(c) a fine

(d) disqualification from appropriate examinations/assessments

(e) suspension for a specified period

(f) expulsion

(g) an order to make good any damage caused to the property of the University or any other institution attended through membership of the University.

(h) the withholding of the student’s parchment on graduation.


5. Appeals: Minor Offences

5.1 The Senate Disciplinary Committee shall be competent to hear appeals against decisions of the Dean of School (or equivalent) in the case of minor offences.




      1. An appeal may be considered on the following grounds:




        1. Evidence is now available which was not or could not reasonably have been made available to the Dean of School (or equivalent) at the time of consideration of the offence (4.1.1 hereof).




        1. The decision of the Dean of School (or equivalent) was unreasonable in the light of the evidence submitted and/or was harsh and oppressive in relation to the offence.




        1. There was procedural irregularity or inadequacy in the conduct of the investigation of the offence carried out by the Dean of School (or equivalent).




        1. The right of appeal to the Senate Disciplinary Committee must be exercised by written notice which must be lodged with the Clerk to Senate within fourteen days of the issue of the formal notification of 4.1.1 hereof.




        1. All appeals shall be given preliminary consideration by the Chair of the Senate Disciplinary Committee and by the Clerk to Senate who shall be empowered to act on behalf of the Senate Disciplinary Committee in dismissing appeals that are incompetent. For example, subject to clause 5.1.1.2 an appeal cannot be considered if it based only on information which has already been given full consideration by the Dean of School (or equivalent) or information which, for no good reason, was not made available to the Dean of School (or equivalent).

5.2 The decision of the Senate Disciplinary Committee in such appeals shall be final and not subject to appeal in terms of Section 6.


6. Appeals: Major Offences
6.1 All students shall have the right to appeal to the Appeal Committee set up by the University Court against any disciplinary decision made by the Principal or the Senate Disciplinary Committee.
6.2 An appeal may be considered on any of the following grounds:-
6.2.1 Evidence is now available, which was not or could not reasonably have been made available to the Senate Disciplinary Committee at the time of the original hearing.
6.2.2 The decision of the Senate Disciplinary Committee was unreasonable in the light of the evidence submitted at the original hearing, and/or the decision of the Senate Disciplinary Committee was harsh and oppressive in all of the circumstances.
6.2.3 There was procedural irregularity in terms of the regulations set out in the Code of Student Discipline which resulted in the student being significantly disadvantaged.
6.3 The Clerk to Senate shall communicate the details of this right to the student in writing at the same time as formal notification of the disciplinary decision is made to the student.
6.4 The Clerk to Senate shall advise the student that any right of appeal to the Appeal Committee must be exercised by written notice which must be lodged with the Secretary to Court within twenty-one days of the issue of the formal notification of 6.3 hereof. The Clerk to Senate shall also advise the student that any written documentation or submission in relation to the appeal must be delivered to the Secretary to Court either by hand or by recorded delivery or registered post.
6.5 All appeals shall be given preliminary consideration by the Chair of the Student Appeals Committee (who is the Chair of Court) and by the Secretary of the Student Appeals Committee (who is Secretary to the Court) who shall be empowered to act on behalf of the Student Appeals Committee in dismissing appeals that are incompetent. For example, subject to clause 6.2.2, an appeal cannot be considered if it is based only on information which has already been given full consideration by the Senate Disciplinary Committee or information which, for no good reason, was not made available to the Senate Disciplinary Committee.
6.6 The decision of the Appeal Committee shall be final.
6.7 The composition of the Appeal Committee shall be:-
6.7.1 The Chair of Court (or his/her nominee).
Three members of Court nominated by Court.
Two members of the Senate, who must not be the Principal or members of the Senate Disciplinary Committee, nominated by Senate.
6.7.2 The Chair of Court shall be Chair of the Appeal Committee. He/she may, however, nominate one of the other lay members of the Committee to take the Chair is his/her absence.
6.7.3 Four members of the Appeal Committee shall form a quorum.
6.7.4 The University Secretary shall be the Secretary to the Appeal Committee.
6.7.5 The decision of the Appeal Committee shall be by majority vote, the Chair having a casting vote in addition to a deliberative vote which he/she may use in the event of there being an equal division of votes.
6.7.6 The Appeal Committee at its own discretion may appoint a legal adviser from outwith the University to be in attendance at any meeting. This legal adviser, however, must not be the same person as the legal adviser to the Senate Disciplinary Committee.

6.8 The student shall have the right to appear in person before the Appeal Committee and to be accompanied by a chosen representative who shall have the right of audience on the student’s behalf.


6.9 No member of the Senate Disciplinary Committee shall be present when the appeal to the Appeal Committee is under consideration.
6.10 The Appeal Committee shall have the right to prepare orders for the regulation of the procedure of the appeal hearing and shall have the right to uphold or reject all or part of the disciplinary decision as it deems right and appropriate. The Appeal Committee will endeavour to issue a written decision within [7] days of the date of the hearing of the appeal hearing.
7. Appeals: Decisions of a Plagiarism Assessor
7.1 The Senate Disciplinary Committee shall be competent to hear appeals against decisions of a Plagiarism Assessor made under the University Regulations regarding Plagiarism and Cheating
7.2 An appeal may be considered on any of the following grounds:-

7.2.1 Evidence is now available, which was not or could not reasonably have been made available to the Plagiarism Assessor at the time of the original investigation.


7.2.2 The decision of the Plagiarism Assessor was unreasonable in the light of the evidence submitted at the original investigation, and/or the decision of the Plagiarism Assessor was harsh and oppressive in all of the circumstances.
7.2.3 There was procedural irregularity or inadequacy in the conduct of the investigation of the offence carried out by the Plagiarism Assessor.
7.3 The Clerk to Senate shall communicate the details of this right to the student in writing at the same time as formal notification of the decision of the Plagiarism Assessor is made to the student.
7.4 The Clerk to Senate shall advise the student that any right of appeal to the Senate Disciplinary Committee must be exercised by written notice which must be lodged with the Clerk to Senate within fourteen days of the issue of the formal notification of 7.3 hereof.
7.5 All appeals shall be given preliminary consideration by the Chair of the Senate Disciplinary Committee and by the Clerk to Senate who shall be empowered to act on behalf of the Senate Disciplinary Committee in dismissing appeals that are incompetent. For example, subject to clause 7.2.2, an appeal cannot be considered if it is based only on information which has already been given full consideration by the Plagiarism Assessor or information which, for no good reason, was not made available to the Plagiarism Assessor at the time of the original investigation.
7.6 The decision of the Senate Disciplinary Committee in such appeals shall be final and not subject to appeal in terms of Section 6.
8. Criminal Proceeding
In any case where it is considered that a person may be involved in criminal conduct, it is the duty of the Dean of School (or equivalent) to whose attention the matter is drawn or, where appropriate, the Disciplinary Board of the Students’ Association to report the matter immediately to the Chair of the Senate Disciplinary Committee who, in consultation with the Principal and the Chair of Court, shall consider the case and decide whether to recommend the Court to report it to the appropriate authority.
9. Records

The University will keep a record of disciplinary proceedings, including the written statement setting out the relevant allegations or circumstances surrounding the potential disciplinary action, all letters sent to or by the University in relation to that, written statements and minutes of meetings and appeal meetings.


These records will be maintained in accordance with the University’s obligations in terms of data protection requirements and will be retained in accordance with the University’s data retention policy.
10. Questions

Clarification on the terms of this Code can be obtained from the Academic Registry.



Appendix Ten


Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise: Policy and Procedures for Staff and Student Guidance


SCHOOL OF HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES
Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise:

Policy and Procedures for Staff and Student Guidance
This document outlines the School of Health and Life Sciences' Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise. It should be provided to students before the programme commences. Every year, students will be asked to confirm their compliance with this code. Staff and students should familiarise themselves with this policy and these procedures. Students should seek guidance from their Academic Adviser or their Programme Leader should they be unsure of any aspect of the policy, procedures or guidance notes. Staff are also asked to ensure they are fully conversant and to seek guidance from the discipline Subject Lead and/or the Head of Department should they require clarification.


Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise:

Policy and Procedures for Staff and Student Guidance





Contents


Attendance Policy for all Glasgow Caledonian University Students 30

1.Attendance Policy Statement 30

4. Student Absence 30

7. Honours Awards 42

LEVEL 1 60

Pass (40-54% of sub-section mark) 60

Work disjointed 60

Lacks relevant selection of content 60

Good (55-69% of sub-section mark) 61

LEVEL 3 62

Lacks selection of relevant content 62

1.APPLICATION OF CODE 69

Explanatory Notes for the Pre-Joining Health Form 85

1.0 Immunisation and Health Clearance for Serious Communicable Diseases 86

2.0Infection Control Practices 87

3.0Vision 87

4.0Hearing 87

5.0Speech 88

6.0Dyslexia and other learning difficulties 88

7.0Mobility and manual dexterity 88

8.0Chronic or recurrent medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, skin conditions (e.g. psoriasis, eczema) 88

9.0Mental Health 89

10.0General Health 89

Additional Sources of Advice and Support 89

Skill National Bureau for Students with Disabilities: http://www.skill.org.uk 89

Pre-Joining Health Form 89

Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise – Student Guidance 94

PERSONAL BEHAVIOUR 94

BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS OTHERS 95

APPEARANCE 96

LEARNING 97

DUTY OF CARE 98

CONFIDENTIALITY 98

Code of Professional Conduct and Fitness to Practise – Procedures for Staff and Students 100

Fitness to Practise Procedures - Offences 106

Minor Offences 106

Students’ Association Offences 106

Major Offences 107

Fitness to Practise Procedures Flowchart 109

3.Counselling Services & Funding Advice 114







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