Student Discipline Procedure


The purpose of the procedure is to regulate student behaviour in order to secure the proper working of the University in the broadest sense. In support of this goal, students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner which

  • Demonstrates respect for staff, fellow student, and University property;
  • Enhances the reputation of the University;
  • Is sensitive to a culturally diverse environment; and
  • Demonstrates active engagement in the learning process, a commitment to university-level study, and determination to succeed.


The following list of behaviour which might be considered a disciplinary offence is illustrative only and in no way limits the breadth of definition of a disciplinary offence or prevents the University thereof from considering and adjudicating upon any other conduct or action which appears to constitute a breach of discipline.

a) Failure to adhere to the requirements of any policies, notices or codes of conduct that the University may, from time to time, introduce;
b) disruption of, or improper interference with, the academic, administrative, social or other activities of the University, including offensive behaviour, whether on University premises or elsewhere;
c) obstruction of, or improper interference with, the functions, duties or activities of any student, member of staff or other employee of the University or any authorised visitor to the University;
d) persistent failure to attend classes, tutorial or laboratories in the curriculum;
e) falsification or serious misuse of University records, including degrees, diplomas or certificates;
f) behaviour which brings the University into disrepute;
g) intentional or reckless damage to, or defacement of, University property (including property on loan to the University) or the property of members of the University, including an institution or organisation attended as part of a University course;
h) misuse or unauthorised use of University premises, facilities or items of property;
i) failure to disclose name and other relevant details or to show identification to an officer or employee of the University in circumstances when it is reasonable to require that such information be given;
j) failure to comply with a previously-imposed penalty under these procedures;
k) failure to treat others (students, staff, visitors and other people in the community) fairly and in accordance with the University‟s Dignity & Respect Policy;
l) acts of dishonesty, including theft, fraud, deceit, or deception in relation to the University, its staff or students;
m) acts of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, collusion and examination irregularities;
n) actions likely to cause injury, impair safety or raise false alarm on University premises;
o) harassment (of any kind) of any student, member of staff, or any authorised visitor to the University;
p) violent, disorderly, threatening or offensive behaviour or language whilst on or off University premises whether directed towards a member of staff, another student or member of the public
q) conduct which constitutes a criminal offence where that conduct:

  • takes place on University premises, or
  • affects or concerns other members of the University community, or
  • damages the good name of the University, or
  • itself constitutes a disciplinary offence within the terms of these procedures.

For the avoidance of doubt, the University may proceed under student disciplinary procedures notwithstanding the instigation of any criminal proceedings. However, the University reserves the right to defer action pending any criminal investigation or prosection.

r) any other act or behaviour which may be reasonably interpreted as a disciplinary offence notwithstanding the lack of equivalent examples above.


The University shall have the right to investigate any allegation of misconduct against a student and may take disciplinary action where it decides, on the balance of probabilities, that a disciplinary offence has been committed.

In all cases, an investigation will be undertaken. If a disciplinary offence is later deemed to be a major offence then the University Secretary and Compliance Officer or nominee may appoint an appropriate person to undertake further investigations. Any investigation will include an interview of the student(s) concerned.

For cases where a student withdraws from the University whilst a disciplinary investigation is on-going, the disciplinary case shall be concluded in the student’s absence, if necessary. 


Impartial advice about this procedure may be sought from the Advice Hub, the Advice and Support Service of the University of Strathclyde Students’ Association. 


Student Discipline Procedure

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