If you have broken one or more of the University’s Regulations of Conduct a penalty may be imposed by a member of staff or a Committee of the University. A wide range of disciplinary measures can be taken, ranging from a fine to expulsion from the University. There is a right of appeal against all of these via University Procedures.

Appealing against decisions by individuals

  • You have the right of appeal to the Standing Disciplinary Committee;
  • You must let the Director of Student Services know you want to appeal no more than seven days after a disciplinary decision has been made against you;
  • You need to submit a written statement to the Committee;
  • The Committee can uphold a punishment, dismiss it or substitute it for a different one. Be aware that they can impose more serious punishments than the initial one;
  • You can also appeal to this Committee against decisions made by the Standing Committee on Academic Misconduct;
  • If you are asked to appear before the Committee you may take an advisor from the Students’ Union or a member of University staff along with you.

Appealing against decisions of the Standing Disciplinary Committee

  • Your written notice of your wish to appeal must reach the Director of Student Services within seven days of the Standing Disciplinary Committee’s decision;
  • You cannot appeal to this committee against a decision of the Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Warden or Standing Committee on Academic Misconduct.

Preparing Your Case

If you believe that you should not have been punished or that the punishment is too severe you will need to explain why and provide as much evidence as you can. The Students’ Union Advisors in RUSU can help you with preparing your case and may be able to come with you to any hearing.

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education is an independent body who look into complaints that have been through University procedures but have not had a satisfactory outcome for the student.

Contact the Advice Service

The Advice Service remains operating on a virtual basis. The core hours for the Advice Service are between 10am and 4pm. Advice may not be available outside of these hours.

If you would like to speak to an Adviser, then you can complete our online form or email us at advice@rusu.co.uk. A member of the Advice Team will get back to you as quickly as possible, and can offer you advice via email, telephone or Teams in the first instance.

In addition, we are currently offering virtual drop-in advice session on a Tuesday between 5-7pm and Friday between 10am-12:30pm. More information can be found on our Virtual Drop-in page.