Student Misconduct

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Code of Conduct

All students at QUT must abide by the Code of Conduct for Students. Anybody who infringes this code may find that the University makes allegations of Student Misconduct against them. You may be disciplined for something you have done multiple times, or even something you have done only once.

What can I be disciplined for?

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  1. Academic Misconduct;
  2. Breaching the Code of Conduct for Research Students;
  3. Making a false or fraudulent representation, or submitting falsified or fraudulent information or documentation, to the University;
  4. Disclosing confidential information relating to any University matter;
  5. Causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another person on a University site or in connection with legitimate University activities;
  6. Endangering a person’s life, health or safety on a University site or in connection with legitimate University activities;
  7. Being disorderly or creating a disturbance on a University site or in connection with legitimate University activities, in a manner which may reasonably be expected to hinder or disrupt the legitimate activities of other persons;
  8. Harassing, threatening or intimidating another person on a University site or in connection with legitimate University activities, so as to cause that person reasonable apprehension for their physical safety or their psychological or emotional wellbeing;
  9. Interfering with or causing damage to a University site or property, or to the property of another person in connection with legitimate University activities;
  10. Unlawfully taking, using or interfering with University property, or the property of another person in connection with legitimate University activities;
  11. Using the University’s IT resources in a manner which is inconsistent with the University’s policy on Acceptable use of information technology resources;
  12. Using the University’s library, computer laboratories or other learning support resources and facilities in a manner which isn’t allowed;
  13. Using the University’s name, logo, trade mark, seal or other symbol without permission of the Registrar;
  14. Using any other name, logo, trade mark, seal or symbol which so closely resembles the University’s as to be likely to deceive;
  15. Disobeying a reasonable direction issued (whether orally or in writing) by a University officer to promote the good order and management of the University;
  16. Breaching any laws of the Commonwealth or the State of Queensland in connection with any University activity, including the criminal law and laws relating to copyright, discrimination, harassment and defamation;and
  17. Breaching any policy of the University which applies to students.

That’s a lot! Make sure you read and understand both the Code of Conduct for Students and the above list so you never get yourself in trouble.

What if I do something wrong?

The University will decide whether what you did should be classed as minor or major. This will be decided on the extent of what you did, and differs in each case,

The University classed my dishonesty as minor, what now?

Where the dishonesty is minor, the University tries to resolve the matter quickly and informally. You will be contacted when the conduct gets reported to the University. The responsible officer will have a meeting with you to determine what you did. The primary focus of the meeting will be to educate you about what is acceptable and what is not with regards to your conduct at University. You won’t be given any penalty.

A warning will be entered into the University’s system in all cases.This means that if you do something similar again, it may not be classed as minor. You will usually only be given one chance!

It was classed as major! Help!

You will have received a letter from the University stating the accusation type and your interview date.

You will also have been instructed to hand in a personal statement by a certain date to represent your side of the story. This is very important. You need to explain the circumstances that led to the accusation.

You have the right to attend this interview to give your side of the story. You can also bring along another person as your support person if it will make you feel more comfortable, or they can say something on your behalf. If you don’t wish to attend, the proceedings will go ahead without you.

These people choose what penalty is appropriate in your circumstances. Roughly, the penalties are as follows:

  1. suspension for a specified period and/or subject to specified conditions, from any or all of the following
    1. entering on university land
    2. using the university’s information technology resources
    3. attendance at classes
  2. allocation of a failing grade of 1 in a unit or units
  3. reduction of your mark in an assessment item, including reduction of the mark to zero
  4. cancellation of credit gained towards an award course
  5. withholding of examination results for a specified period and/or subject to specified conditions
  6. imposition of a period of provisional enrolment (a period of enrolment subject to specified conditions)
  7. exclusion from enrolment at the university for a specified period and/or subject to specified conditions
  8. an order to pay restitution of an amount not exceeding $1000
  9. permanent expulsion from the university

After the committee has chosen your penalty, you will be notified by email and letter.

Can I appeal the decision?

You may appeal to the University Appeals Committee within 10 days of receiving your outcome letter. This Committee sits at University level and can overrule the Committee’s decision. If you want to appeal, you need to prove one of the following:

  1. that the decision is manifestly unreasonable taking into account all the circumstances of the case or cannot be supported by the evidence that was available at the time the decision was made
  2. that procedural requirements specified in this policy were not followed and resulted in a decision which was manifestly unfair
  3. that relevant evidence was not considered in reaching the decision or that irrelevant evidence was relied upon in reaching the decision
  4. that fresh evidence has become available to the student which was not available or not known to the student at the time that the allegation was heard or decided
  5. that a penalty imposed was manifestly excessive or inappropriate, taking into account all the circumstances of the case.

 

You need to write a submission that shows the Committee that for one of the above reasons, it is not fair for you to get the penalty you received.

They can:

  1. Dismiss the appeal (no change in outcome)
  2. Change the penalty to a different one, including no penalty
  3. Uphold the appeal and revoke the charge

You will be notified of the outcome by email and letter.

I need help.

If, at any step along the way, you need advice or help, contact the Guild’s Student Rights Hub immediately and we can represent you for the best outcome. We can help you with the following things:

  1. Determining if your action fulfils the criteria for major academic dishonesty
  2. Assist you in writing your show cause letter
  3. Provide advice on what supporting documentation should accompany your show cause letter
  4. Accompany you to the discipline meeting
  5. Assist in preparing your appeal of any decision reached by the University