At UWS any poor student behaviour that is reported is dealt with via a student disciplinary hearing, in which you will be asked to appear in front of a panel made up of senior University staff and student officers. This meeting will usually be held online or , on occasions, in person on campus.
The chair of the panel will outline the allegations against you, either in person or by letter and you will have the opportunity to respond to these allegations either in person or via a statement. The panel will ask you questions, and depending on the nature of the allegation, they may also call witnesses and ask them questions.
The panel will then dismiss you and any witnesses and will consider the evidence in private.
Depending on the length of the deliberation, you may be told on the same day what the outcome will be, but usually you will be informed in writing of the decision within 5 working days. You have the right to appeal this decision within the timeframes outlined by the appeals policy.
Sometimes, depending on the severity of the allegations, the University may take further action to mitigate any risk of further issues between the students. This can include restrictions on whether you can be on campus or remain within any UWS student accommodation until the disciplinary panel comes to a decision. They may also instruct you not to contact certain people. This mitigating of risk is not considered as part of the process (unless you did not comply with the requirements) and is not an indication of a person’s guilt.