The City of Liverpool College is committed to providing a learning environment that is conducive to the academic and social well-being of all Higher Education students. Students are required to abide by the standards of behaviour expected by the College as detailed below. The College will not tolerate behaviour which may adversely affect the good standing of the College, its students, staff and the wider community.
This document presents the policy and procedures that form the Code of Behaviour and Disciplinary Procedure for Higher Education Students (Code). The Code defines conduct that is considered to constitute an offence. It also defines penalties, authorities, rights to appeal, and procedural details concerning allegations of misconduct, investigations, disciplinary hearings and appeals.
The Code of Behaviour and Disciplinary Procedure for Higher Education students should not be read in isolation. It is one of a group of student policy documents containing rules and regulations that apply to all students registered to study on a Higher Education programme with the College. The HE Academic Impropriety Procedure, Appeals against Assessment Decisions, and Complaints Policy complement this code and together these form the complete set of guidance and regulatory documents.
The City of Liverpool College is committed to equality of opportunity and access for all. We oppose all forms of unfair and unlawful behaviour on the grounds of age, disability, religion or belief, gender reassignment, race, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity status in line with the Equality Act 2010. The College intends to support all students to achieve and to be well prepared to progress to the next level of learning or into employment.
This policy applies to all Higher Education students studying at the City of Liverpool College.
This Code of Behaviour and Disciplinary Procedure for Higher Education students has been produced by staff and student representatives to describe the standards of work and behaviour that we expect. The Code of Conduct is distributed to students during induction and is available on the students’ virtual learning environment (VLE).
Individual courses may have additional expectations, for example those linked to professional practice. These are set out clearly in the Programme Handbook or in other written instructions from College staff, such as those relating to work placement.
The emphasis is on supporting students to understand why they are expected to follow the Code. In most cases, the Disciplinary Procedure will be followed stage by stage. In some cases it may be necessary to move to higher stages straight away due to the severity of the behaviour.
Where appropriate, students who receive a disciplinary warning may be referred to pastoral support services such as counselling, achievement coaching, finance etc. Every effort will be made to support students to address behaviour in order to avoid escalation and ensure that they achieve.
The City of Liverpool College is committed to fair and equitable Student Disciplinary Procedures, to ensure a full and fair assessment of the particular circumstances of the case and avoid unnecessary delay.
The College ensures that the Student Disciplinary Procedures:
- are timely and efficient, to facilitate a speedy resolution;
- are fair, impartial and transparent to all parties;
- are conducted in a professional manner; and
- meet the principles of natural justice.
Information disclosed during the Student Disciplinary Procedures is confidential to all parties. Breaches of confidentiality may amount to gross misconduct which may lead to disciplinary action being taken
Student Code of Behaviour
Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which demonstrates respect for the College, its staff, fellow students, property and equipment, and the wider community.
The Student Code of Behaviour applies to all students where alleged misconduct occurs whether on campus or off campus, for instance on field trips and placements.
Breaches of the Student Code of Behaviour may result in disciplinary proceedings.
Appendix 1 below, outlines the Student Code of Behaviour.
The list below is not exhaustive and examples of such offences are outlined in Appendix 1. The decision about whether the offence is serious will rest with the College, following consideration of the full circumstances of each case.
Discipline Offences include failing to comply with the code of Behaviour (Appendix 1) or conducting other discipline offences towards people, property, and health and safety or the College:
Discipline Offences: People
- Physical Misconduct
- Sexual Misconduct
- Abusive, Threatening or Offensive Behaviour (including Bullying and Harassment and Anti-Social Behaviour).
Discipline Offences: Property and Health & Safety
- Damage to Property
- Unauthorised Taking or Use of Property
- Causing a Health or Safety Concern.
Discipline Offences: College
- Operational Obstruction
- Reputational Damage.
Student Disciplinary Procedure
The steps (levels) within the Student Disciplinary Procedure are as follows:
Includes Conflict Management/Intervention Meetings conducted by Personal Tutor or Programme Leader.
- Stage 1 Investigating officer: Programme Leader
- Stage 2 Investigating officer: Head of School/ Head of Higher Education
- Stage 3 Investigating officer: Assistant Principal
In most cases a member of staff identifying consistent underperformance, non-compliance with the academic processes and policies or escalating poor behaviour will be involved in the subsequent disciplinary meeting.
Intervention meetings and conflict management instructions are not formally part of the disciplinary procedure, but meetings and subsequent actions set on ProMonitor may be designed to mitigate the risk of a disciplinary stage being required.
Disciplinary stages may be missed, depending on the severity of behaviour. Students can be suspended at any stage and the level of sanction issued will be decided following an investigation.
The College reserves right to withdraw students who have not attended a course or subject on which they are enrolled for 4 continuous weeks without attendance and without being in communication with the programme team/ programme leader or agreeing the absence with the tutor concerned.
A one-page summary of the procedure, the Student Conduct Procedure Overview is available on the next page.
The Student Disciplinary Procedures will be invoked following an allegation of a Discipline Offence to the Head of HE via record on ProMonitor copied to the HE Senior Administrator (mailto:HE@liv-coll.ac.uk).
Allegations should be made in writing with full details of the incidents and should include any evidence available. Students can also utilise the Student Complaints Form to report complaints about another student.
Student Disciplinary Procedure Overview
Steps in the procedure:
- Disciplinary issue reported and recorded on ProMonitor
- Head of School/HE informed
- Investigating officer and panel confirmed by the Head of School/HE
- Disciplinary hearing scheduled
- Student invited to disciplinary hearing
- Disciplinary hearing conducted
- Minutes of the disciplinary hearing recorded and available to student and panel.
- Penalty agreed and issued to student in writing
- Appeals opportunity
- Final decision
The following table outlines examples of conduct and proposed stage of disciplinary procedure with the list of possible penalties: