Potential penalties for student misconduct - Section contents

Examples of behaviours of student misconduct and potential sanctions.

The following list of concerning behaviours might occur either in the physical/built environment or the social media/online environment. The list is not exhaustive and the University may initiate student disciplinary proceedings in response to student behaviours in addition to those listed here. Similarly, the potential outcome penalties and sanctions listed here are neither exhaustive nor are they limited to the examples provided.

A note about these guidelines:

  • Offences: Multiple or repeated incidents of misconduct may be viewed more seriously than a single offence and previous findings may be considered when determining any sanction or penalty that the conduct might attract.
  • Behaviours: It is important to note that the same types of unacceptable behaviour that breach the Student Conduct Policy may be treated differently depending on the seriousness and the circumstances of the offence, eg an unwanted touch on a shoulder compared to an unwanted touch on another part of the body.
  • Potential outcomes: These examples of potential penalties are illustrative only. In some cases, behaviours that may normally, or initially, be considered minor may on investigation be more serious. Thus, they would require a more serious sanction or penalty. Conversely, there may be instances when behaviours that might appear to be very serious may on investigation turn out to be minor and attract a less harsh penalty.
OffencesBehavioursPotential Outcomes
Maliciously or unduly causing reputational damage to the University
  • Behaviour that has damaged or could have damaged the reputation of the University or a Faculty or School of the University
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • Behaviour that has caused serious damage or could have caused serious damage to the reputation of the University
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
Making vexatious or unjustified demands on university resources
  • Improper interference with the activities of the University (including academic, administrative, sporting and social) on University premises or elsewhere
  • Improper interference with the functions, duties or activities of any student or employee of the University or any authorised visitor to the University
  • Disingenuous engagement with a university process, e.g. where a process is initiated by a student for reasons other than those for which the process exists.
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • Engaging in acts (or failing to act), submitting or producing documents and/or statements intended to deceive the University
  • Disrupting the activities of the University (including teaching, administration, sporting and social events) on University premises or elsewhere
  • Disrupting the functions, duties or activities of any member of the University community or any authorised visitor to the University
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
Causing a risk to health and safety
  • An act or failure to act that caused or could have caused a health and safety concern on University premises (for example, smoking cigarettes on campus)
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • An act or failure to act that caused or could have caused serious harm on University premises or during University activities (for example, disabling electronic locks on doors or possessing and/or supplying illicit substances)
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Report the matter to the police
Unauthorised possession or use of University property or unauthorised publication or use of University communications
  • Misuse of University property (e.g. misuse of computers, laboratory equipment,   sports equipment)
  • Misuse of University communications (e.g. misuse of emails sent by University)
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • Unauthorised entry or unauthorised use of University premises
  • Unauthorised possession of property belonging to the University or belonging to a member of the University community without permission
  • Immediate exclusion
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Report the matter to the police

Damage to property

  • Causing minor damage to University property or the property of students or employees of the University or visitors to the University
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • Causing significant damage to University property or the property of members of the University community or visitors to the University
  • Immediate exclusion
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Make good the damage caused at the student’s expense
  • Report the matter to the police
Disrespectful, abusive or threatening language or behaviour
  • Use of inappropriate language
  • Repeatedly contacting another person (by phone, email, text or on social networking sites) against the wishes of the other person
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • Report the matter to the police
  • Threats to hurt another person
  • Disrespectful, abusive and/or discriminatory comments relating to a person’s sex, sexual   orientation, gender, gender-related identity (including appearance, mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics), religion or belief, race, pregnancy/maternity, marriage/civil partnership, disability or age
  • Acting in an intimidating and hostile manner
  • Repeatedly following another person without good reason
  • Immediate exclusion
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Report the matter to the police
Fraud
  • Submission of fraudulent or forged documents to the University:
    • for academic advantage or advancement to which the person is not entitled (academic misconduct)
    • in circumstances for which academic advantage is not the primary outcome (general misconduct)
  • Immediate exclusion
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
Sexual misconduct
  • Sexual intercourse or engaging in a sexual act without consent
  • Attempting to engage in sexual intercourse or engaging in a sexual act without consent
  • Sharing private sexual materials of another person without the consent of the other person
  • Touching inappropriately through clothes without consent
  • Inappropriately showing sexual organs to another person
  • Making unwanted remarks of a sexual nature
  • Immediate exclusion
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • Report the matter to the police
Physical aggression
  • Pushing
  • Shoving
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Formal reprimand and/or caution
  • Compulsory completion of a relevant workshop or training program
  • Provision of a written apology
  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Slapping
  • Pulling hair
  • Biting
  • Immediate exclusion
  • Enrolment termination
  • Enrolment suspension
  • Enrolment restrictions and/or conditions
  • Report the matter to the police