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Student Conduct Policy

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Aim

The aim of this policy is to set out a clear framework so staff can manage student behaviour. The stages outlined in the policy will be followed when a student’s behaviour goes against the expected behaviour detailed in the Student Code of Conduct. Students agree to follow the Code of Conduct by enrolling on their course. A separate Conduct Policy applies to Higher Education Students.


Policy Statement

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 students aged 16 or over on 31st August in the current academic year. There is a separate policy and procedure for younger students.

A Code of Conduct has been produced by staff and student representatives to describe the standards of work and behaviour that we expect. The Code of Conduct is made available to students during induction and is available on the VLE.

Individual courses may have additional expectations, for example those linked to professional practice. These are set out clearly in the Course Guide 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 of Conduct. In most cases, the Student Conduct 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.

Young students (16-18) who are dismissed will automatically be referred to relevant support service. If a student is in public care or has a learning difficulty and/or disability, the referral applies up to the age of 25.

Where appropriate, students who receive a disciplinary warning will 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.


Covid 19 Guidance

A Guide for students has been created to promote the health and safety of staff and students in relation to Covid 19.

Measures in line with Government guidance have been put in place and must be followed. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.


Student Conduct Procedure

The steps within the Student Conduct Procedure are as follows:

   Classroom Management/Intervention Meetings:  Curriculum Tutor
   Informal Warning:  Curriculum Tutor and / or Progress leader
   Formal Written Warning:  Deputy/Assistant or Senior Progress Leader
   Final Written Warning:   Head of School/Senior Progress Leader
   Final Disciplinary Hearing:  Assistant Principal.

In most cases, a member of staff identifying or escalating poor behaviour will be involved in the subsequent disciplinary meeting.

Intervention meetings and classroom 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.

The majority of intervention meetings will not be related to the Code of Conduct, but will be designed to improve performance, for example, to support a student in achieving their national target grade when in-year indicators show that they may not be achieved. Appendix 9 contains a series of flow diagrams to help guide staff around actions and follow ups for performance issues.

Conduct 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.

Where appropriate the Progress Leader may be the member of staff who issues a disciplinary. This may be particularly necessary when a student has multiple subject tutors and one member of staff needs to take an overview of the process.

The College is expected to withdraw students who have not attended a course or subject on which they are enrolled for 4 continuous weeks without agreeing that absence with the tutor concerned.

A one-page summary of the procedure, the Student Conduct Procedure Overview is available on the next page.

Student Conduct Procedure Overview – Staff Overview

Classroom Management and Intervention

Responsibility: Any member of college staff

When to Use

Classroom management and intervention meetings are used to address behaviours such as the following:

   not meeting national target grades
   not meeting areas for improvement identified in previous assessment
   lateness
   absence
   failure to follow instructions
   non-participation in group tasks
   non-completion of homework
   missed assignment deadlines
   disruptive or unacceptable behaviour
   using a mobile phone in class
   using any social media or inappropriate website not related to tasks by tutor

How to Issue

The member of staff will discuss negative conduct with the student within 5 days of the event, but usually immediately.

The member of staff will then record this on the student ILP on ProMonitor, within the curriculum intervention meeting section and also record a Learner Comment as part of the meeting.

Next Steps

If the student conducts themselves appropriately following the meeting, no further action will be taken.

If there are repeated incidences of negative conduct within college the student will progress to Informal Warning.


Informal Warning

Responsibility: Any member of College Staff

When to Issue

An informal warning is issued when there is a breach of the Code of Conduct (see Appendix 1) such as:

   there has been no improvement following tutor’s class management
   the student has behavioural issues around College buildings

How to Issue (see flow diagrams in Appendix 9 to guide)

a) The Curriculum Tutor and/or the Progress Leader will conduct informal warning by:

   meeting with the student to discuss negative conduct and expected Code of Conduct
   informing student that their conduct has resulted in an informal warning intervention
   setting agreed SMART actions on ProMonitor
   setting a date to review progress on ProMonitor
   recording the meeting and actions set on ILP in the ‘Meetings’ section of ProMonitor.
   sending a letter, to parents/carers (Appendix 2) of students 16-18 or directly to the student if 19+, within 3 days of the incident
   meeting with student on date set to review progress

b)   If appropriate, referrals to pastoral support will be agreed within the Informal Warning meeting.

Next Steps

If appropriate progress with the SMART actions has been made by the review meeting, the Informal Warning will remain on the system but there will be no further escalation.
If no progress with the SMART actions set has been made by the review meeting, this will be picked up for a Formal Warning.


Formal Written Warning

Responsibility: Deputy/Assistant Head of School or Senior Progress Leader

When to Issue

A Formal Written Warning is issued when:

   there has been no improvement following an Informal Warning meeting (for conduct described in class management above)
   inappropriate use of IT/Social media platforms and / or breach of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy
   other inappropriate behaviour deemed unacceptable under the Code of Conduct

How to Issue

a)   The Deputy/Assistant* or Senior Progress Leader will conduct Formal Written Warning by:

   meeting with the student to discuss negative conduct/ review targets not achieved from Informal warning if applicable
   informing the student that their conduct has resulted in a Formal Written Warning intervention
   setting agreed SMART actions
   setting a date to review progress
   meeting with students on the date set to review progress
   recording the meeting and SMART actions set on ILP in the ‘Meetings’ section of ProMonitor
   sending a letter, to parents/carers (Appendix 3) of students 16-18 or directly to the student if 19+, within 3 days of the incident

b)   referrals to pastoral support will be agreed as appropriate and managed by the Progress Leader.

Next Steps

If appropriate progress with the SMART actions set has been made by the review meeting, the Formal Written Warning will end.

If no progress with the SMART actions set has been made, the Formal Written Warning will be escalated to Final Written Warning.

* In some circumstances, a Deputy/Assistant may have issued an Informal Warning. In this case, they should not lead the Formal Written Warning meeting. This should be referred to someone impartial.


Final Written Warning

Responsibility: Head of School or Senor Progress Leader

When to Issue

A Final written warning is issued when:

   there has been no improvement following a Formal Written Warning
   threats to staff or students
   bullying
   discrimination
   breach of the Equality Policy
   breach of health and safety (e.g. during fire evacuation procedure)
   breaking the rules of an awarding body such as copying someone else’s work
   drug or alcohol use in or around College buildings
   serious misuse of IT/Social media platforms and/or breach of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy

How to Issue

a)   The Head of School/Senior Progress Leader will conduct a Final Written Warning meeting using the same process as the Formal Written Warning meeting (except sending the appropriate Final Written Warning letter). Following the meeting and investigation, the Head of School may escalate the meeting to an Assistant Principal if conduct is deemed sufficiently serious to be gross misconduct (Dismissal Hearing).

b)   If requested by the Head of School, the appropriate Senior Progress Leader will also be invited to the Final Written Warning meeting to support a review of the student’s ILP and help to decide whether further Progress Leader input is required or whether the Senior Progress Leader needs to meet with the student and parents (16-18) or the student (19+) more regularly.

If further meetings are required, the Senior Progress Leader will follow up Final Written Warning by:

   informing parents/carers (16-18) or student (19+) of negative conduct inviting them to a meeting with Senior Progress Leader to discuss (Appendix 4)
   meeting with the student, parent/carer (where appropriate) as agreed
   possibly adding additional SMART actions
   setting a review date with the student and reporting to the Head of School
   recording the meeting and actions set on ILP in the ‘Meetings’ section of ProMonitor
   reviewing progress on each review date

Next Steps

If appropriate progress with the SMART actions set has been made by the review date the Final Written Warning will end.

If no progress with the SMART actions set has been made by the review date, the intervention will be escalated to Dismissal Hearing.


Final Disciplinary Hearing – Disciplinary meeting and possible dismissal

Responsibility: Assistant Principal

When to Issue

A Final Disciplinary hearing invitation is issued when the student engages in gross misconduct. The following are examples of gross misconduct in or near College buildings:

   there has been no improvement following a Final Written Warning intervention
   theft, attempted theft or unauthorised possession of any items belonging to the College, any student or employee
   serious damage deliberately caused or attempted to College property
   using illegal drugs or dealing drugs on College premises
   being under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances
   violent, dangerous, abusive, intimidating or indecent behaviour e.g. fighting, threats
   deliberately breaking the College’s health and safety rules
   intentional breach of the College’s Equality Policy, e.g. harassing or abusing another student, member of staff or a visitor to the College. This includes making serious accusations against other students or staff which are judged, following investigation, to be false
   the College reserves the right to suspend a student if the student’s actions outside College seriously challenge the health, safety or welfare of other students or members of staff.

How to Issue

The Assistant Principal (or nominated manager in Assistant Principal’s absence) will conduct a Final Disciplinary meeting by:

   clarifying with the student that the student’s conduct has resulted in a Final Disciplinary Hearing then informing the student and parents/carers (16-18yr olds) of the terms of suspension in writing (Appendix 6) pending investigation and invitation to a disciplinary hearing
   conducting a Disciplinary Hearing as soon as possible, normally within 2 term time weeks of suspension (see Appendix 8) on date set
   recording the disciplinary hearing notes on the students ILP in the ‘Meetings’ section of ProMonitor

Next Steps

At this stage, the AP may decide to:

1.   Reinstate the student to College with SMART targets and a clear action plan. The student may remain on a Final Dismissal Alert or the AP may decide a lower level of warning is more appropriate following the investigation. This is to be recorded by the Assistant Principal on ILP in the ‘Meetings’ section of ProMonitor.
2.   Dismiss the student from College.


Dismissal

Responsibility: Assistant Principal

When to Issue

Following a disciplinary hearing, the AP will consider all of the evidence presented by both staff and students (and their representatives) plus any witness statements submitted.

How to Issue

The Assistant Principal (or nominated manager in AP’s absence) will conduct a Dismissal by:

   clarifying with the student that the outcome of the Disciplinary Hearing is dismissal
   confirming the reason for and terms of the dismissal in writing (Appendix 7) e.g. whether dismissal applies to one course/ centre/ work placement and the length of time the dismissal is valid for. Sending this letter to the student and parents/carers (16-18yrs). If a student is sponsored by an employer a copy of the letter will also be sent to the employer
   recording the meeting outcome on ILP
   informing the student of their right to appeal (p13)

Next Steps

Brief details of the case will be retained by the College for 5 years after the suspension date.

The College will not allow the student to re-enrol until the period of the dismissal has passed. This should be a minimum of one academic year.

The College reserves the right to take the reason for the dismissal into consideration when deciding, after the period of dismissal has passed, whether the person meets the requirements of the College’s Admissions Policy.


Appeals

Where students have been issued with a Final Written Warning or Dismissal Hearing (including dismissed from college) they have the right to appeal in writing to an identified Assistant Principal/Vice Principal within 10 working days. Students will be informed of who to address their appeal to as this will be a different member of staff than the Head of School or Assistant Principal who conducted the Final Written Warning or Disciplinary Hearing. The student will then be invited in for an Appeals Hearing (Appendix 9) where the action taken will be reviewed and a final decision taken.

There are three grounds for appeal:
1)    the procedures set out in this document have not been followed or
2)    the student has new evidence about the case or
3)    the student believes the decision reached is unfair or unreasonable.

The appeal will be considered by the Assistant Principal/ Vice Principal who will decide the next course of action. If they decide an appeal hearing is required, the student will be able to state her/his case and can bring another person along (e.g. parent/carer). Legal representation is not allowed.

At the appeal for dismissal, the terms of dismissal will be reviewed. When the hearing is complete, and after considering all the evidence, the person leading the hearing will state his/her decision. The panel may decide:

   to lift the Final Written Warning/dismissal or
   to vary the terms of the Final Written Warning/Final Disciplinary hearing/dismissal, for example by replacing the student’s Final Written Warning/dismissal with a warning or
   to confirm the Final Written Warning/ Final Disciplinary/Dismissal.
The decision of the College Panel appointed to hear the appeal will be given to the student in writing within five working days of the appeal hearing and will be final and binding.


Appendices

Appendix 1: Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

The College aims to provide a safe and supportive environment where everyone can study and work to the best of their ability. Enrolment onto a course means you have joined the College community and are expected to behave accordingly. You have agreed to this by signing the enrolment form.

We expect you to:

   Follow instructions given by a member of College staff or someone acting for the College (such as a Work Placement Supervisor)
   Notify your Progress Leaders and Tutors of absence. We will assume you have left the College if you have been absent without explanation for 4 term time weeks.
   Keep to the Acceptable Use Policy when using College computers (available under ‘Information’ on the Student Intranet)
   We expect you to Be Professional, Responsible and Respectful when using social media. This includes both and outside of College.
   Let your Progress Leader know straight away if you have difficulties with your work
   Wear your ID badge and Lanyard in College
   Give your name and ID number to any member of staff who asks for it
   Notify the absence line if you are absent
   Achieve the standard of work required of you
   Treat other students and staff with respect
   Hand all assignments in on time
   Attend all classes and tutorials
   Be punctual

We will not accept:

   Unacceptable behaviour in or around College buildings. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include insulting others, bullying, verbal abuse or rudeness, using language that offends others, fighting or other violent, threatening or dangerous behaviour.
   Action which could be seen as harassment of a fellow student or member of staff (for definition of harassment, see the Equality section in the Student Handbook).
   You to engage in activities involving social media which might bring the College into disrepute
   You representing your personal views as those of the City of Liverpool College on any social platform
   You using social platforms and the internet in any way to attack, insult, abuse or defame students, their family members, colleagues, other professionals, other organisations or the College.
   Smoking in non-designated areas
   Failure to wear your ID badge
   Wearing of hats and coats in classrooms
   Abuse, threats or rudeness to a member of staff or students. These may be verbal or sent electronically, for example through Facebook, and other forms of social media.
   The use of illegal drugs or alcohol in or near College buildings
   Deliberate Damage or attempted damage to College property
   Theft, attempted theft or unauthorised possession of any items belonging to the College or to any student, member of staff or employer
   Breaking the rules of an awarding body such as copying someone else’s work
   Repeated problems with the quality of work produced or of handing it in on time, affecting your own or other students’ chances of gaining accreditation. This may be because of delays in producing work, which affects a group project
   Disruptive behaviour in classes, LRCs or other college spaces or not following a direct instruction from a member of staff

Sign below to acknowledge that you agree to the terms of the code of conduct.

 

Signature:………………………………………..……………… Date……………………………….


Appendix 2: Informal Warning 16-18 years

Date: [written in letter format]

Student Full Name:

Student ID:

 

Dear Parent/Carer of [Name]

I am writing to inform you that [Name] has been issued with an informal warning for:

Reason & Smart Targets set:
There are 4 stages to the College’s Student Conduct Policy & Procedure, which can be found on the student intranet (www.my.liv-stu.co.uk). Printed copy enclosed. We expect an immediate improvement in order to avoid any further disciplinary action and appropriate actions have been set to support this. Support and guidance from College staff is available to help prevent further issues.

Please contact [Staff full name] on 0151 252 [Tel no] if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
[Staff initial surname]
Subject Tutor/Progress Leader


Appendix 2: Informal Warning 19+

Date: [written in letter format]

Student Full Name:

Student ID:

 

Dear [Name]
I am writing to inform you that you have been issued with an informal warning for:
Reason & Smart Targets set:

There are 4 stages to the College’s Student Conduct Policy & Procedure, which can be found on the student intranet (www.my.liv-stu.co.uk). Printed copy enclosed. We expect an immediate improvement in order to avoid any further disciplinary action and appropriate actions have been set to support this. Support and guidance from College staff is available to help prevent further issues.

Please contact [Staff full name] on 0151 252 [Tel no] if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
[Staff initial surname]
Subject Tutor / Progress Leader


Appendix 3: Formal Written Warning 16-18 years

Date: [written in letter format]

Student Full Name:

Student ID:

 

Dear Parent/Carer of [student name]

I am writing to inform you that [Name] has been issued with a formal written warning for:

Reason & Smart Targets set:
There are 4 stages to the College’s Student Conduct Policy & Procedure, which can be found on the student intranet (www.my.liv-stu.co.uk). Printed copy enclosed. This is stage two of the policy. We expect an immediate improvement in order to avoid any further disciplinary action. Support and guidance from College staff is available to help prevent further issues.

Please contact [Staff full name] on 0151 252 [Tel no] if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
[Staff initial surname]
Deputy Head of School/Senior Progress Leader


Appendix 3: Formal Written Warning 19+

Date: [written in letter format]

Student Full Name:

Student ID:

 

Dear [Name]
I am writing to inform you that you have been issued with a formal written warning for:

Reason & Smart Targets set:
There are 4 stages to the College’s Student Conduct Policy & Procedure, which can be found on the student intranet (www.my.liv-stu.co.uk). Printed copy enclosed. This is stage two of the policy. We expect an immediate improvement in order to avoid any further disciplinary action. Support and guidance from College staff is available to help prevent further issues.

Please contact [Staff full name] on 0151 252 [Tel no] if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
[Staff initial surname]
Deputy Head of School/Senior Progress Leader


Appendix 4: Final Written Warning 16-18 years

Date: [written in letter format]

Student Full Name:

Student ID:

 

Dear Parent/Carer of [student name]

I am writing to inform you that [Name] has been issued with a final written warning for:

Reason & Smart Targets set:
There are 4 stages to the College’s Student Conduct Policy & Procedure, which can be found on the student intranet (www.my.liv-stu.co.uk). Printed copy enclosed. This is stage three of the policy. We expect an immediate improvement in order to avoid any further disciplinary action. Support and guidance from College staff is available to help prevent further issues.

Please contact [Staff full name] on 0151 252 [Tel no] if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
[Staff initial surname]
Head of School/Senior Progress Leader


Appendix 4: Final Written Warning 19+

Date: [written in letter format]

Student Full Name:

Student ID:

 

Dear [Name]

I am writing to inform you that you have been issued with a final written warning for:

Reason & Smart Targets set:
There are 4 stages to the College’s Student Conduct Policy & Procedure, which can be found on the student intranet (www.my.liv-stu.co.uk). Printed copy enclosed. This is stage three of the policy. We expect an immediate improvement in order to avoid any further disciplinary action. Support and guidance from College staff is available to help prevent further issues.

Please contact [Staff full name] on 0151 252 [Tel no] if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
[Staff initial surname]
Head of School / Senior Progress Leader


Appendix 5: Final Disciplinary Hearing 16-18 years

Date: [written in letter format]

RE: Suspension/Final Disciplinary Meeting – Student full Name – ID number

 

Dear Parent/Carer of Name

I am writing to inform you that [name] has been suspended/invited to a final disciplinary meeting, pending an investigation, for allegedly [reason]. A copy of the Student Conduct Policy and Procedure is enclosed for reference purposes.
add or remove where appropriate

While [name] is suspended, he/she must not enter any of the College buildings. In addition to this, he/she must not discuss the suspension or related matters without my permission. If [name] does not follow these instructions, he/she could possibly be dismissed without a disciplinary hearing.

A final disciplinary meeting has been arranged that you are required to attend with [Name] [Assistant Principal], [Name] [Head of School] and [Name] [Senior Progress Leader] on [Day] [Date] at [time] in room [number] at [Centre name], Address.

Failure to attend this meeting will result in Dismissal from College. Please call to reception on arrival.

Disciplinary hearing to be considered with [Name], Assistant Principal following the above meeting.

Please contact myself on 0151 [telephone number] if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
Insert signature
Name
Assistant Principal


Appendix 5: Final Disciplinary Hearing 19+

Date: [written in letter format]

RE: Suspension/Final Disciplinary Meeting – Name – ID number

 

Dear [Name]

I am writing to inform you that you have been suspended/invited to a final disciplinary meeting, pending an investigation for allegedly [reason]. A copy of the Student Conduct Policy and Procedure is enclosed for reference purposes.
add or remove where appropriate

While you are suspended you must not enter any of the College buildings. In addition to this you must not discuss the suspension or related matters without my permission. If you do not follow these instructions you could possibly be dismissed without a disciplinary hearing.

A final disciplinary meeting has been arranged that you are required to attend with [Name] [Assistant Principal], [Name] [Head of School] and [Name] [Senior Progress Leader] on [Day] [Date] at [time] in room [number] at [Centre name], Address.

Failure to attend this meeting will result in Dismissal from College. Please call to reception on arrival.

Disciplinary hearing to be considered with [Name], Assistant Principal following the above meeting.

Please contact myself on 0151 tel number if you would like to discuss this matter further.

 

Yours sincerely
[Signature]
Name
Assistant Principal


Appendix 6: Final Disciplinary Hearing Outcome Letter

Date: [written in letter format]

RE: Final Disciplinary Outcome – Name – ID number

 

Dear Parent/Carer/Student’s name

Following the disciplinary hearing of (insert disciplinary hearing date), I am writing to inform you of the outcome of the investigation. After considering all of the evidence carefully it has now been decided that (student’s name) should be dismissed from the College effective from (insert date). No further applications from (student’s name) to enrol as a student will be considered before (insert date).

You have the right to appeal this decision within 10 working days of the date of this letter. Appeals must be sent in writing directly to (insert named person responsible for dealing with the appeal) at the following address:
(insert Assistant Principal’s/ Vice Principal’s name and college address)

 

Yours sincerely
(Assistant Principal’s name who conducted the Dismissal Hearing disciplinary hearing)


Appendix 7: Gross Misconduct Procedure

Procedure to be followed at a Student Disciplinary Hearing for Gross Misconduct

1.  The Assistant Principal who is leading the hearing will introduce all those present and outline the procedure to be followed.
2.  The Assistant Principal will ask a staff representative to make an opening statement and outline the case for dismissal.
3.  Witnesses may be called by the member of staff presenting the case for dismissal and will be questioned in this order:
1)  by the member of staff presenting the case
2)  by the student and his/her representative
3)  by the panel

The member of staff presenting the case may ask further questions.
4.  The student or his/her representative will present their case in defence.
5.  Witnesses may be called to support the student’s case and will be questioned in this order:
1)  by the student or his/her representative
2)  by the member of staff presenting the case
3)  by the panel

The student or his/her representative may ask further questions.
Written statements will then be considered.
6.  The member of staff presenting the case will make a short statement covering the main points of the case for dismissal.
7.  The student or his/her representative will make a short statement covering the main points of the case against dismissal.
8.  Everyone except the panel will be asked to leave the room while the panel considers the information presented.
9. The chair of the panel may ask both sides to return if some points are unclear.
10. Both sides will be called back to hear the panel’s decision or will be told when and how they will be notified if the panel needs more time to consider the case.
11. The Assistant Principal leading the hearing will provide information about the student’s right of appeal and the procedure to be followed.


Appendix 8: Appeal Hearing Procedure

Procedure to be followed at an Appeal Hearing against dismissal

1.  The Assistant Principal who is leading the hearing (the Chair) will make sure that members of the panel have copies of the records of the case.
2.  The Chair will introduce all those present and outline the procedure to be followed.
3.  The Chair will ask the student (or their representative) why s/he is appealing.
4.  Members of the panel will ask questions to make sure they have understood all the points made by the student (or their representative).
5.  No witnesses will be called at the Appeal. The decision of the Panel will be reached on the basis of the written record of the Disciplinary Hearing and the written and verbal evidence presented at that hearing.
6.  The student (and anyone with them) will then leave the room while the Appeals Panel members discuss the points made.
7.  The Chair of the Appeal Panel may ask the student/their representative back to answer more questions if some points are unclear.
8.  The student will be told that they will get the result of the hearing in a letter, normally within 5 working days.
9.  The Chair of the Appeals Panel may ask members of the student’s course team for advice about special requirements made by certain examination boards or professional bodies.
10.  The dismissal will not take effect before the appeal process has been completed.


Appendix 9: Student Conduct Policy Summary – Student Use

All students who enrol on a course at the City of Liverpool College agree to follow the Code of Conduct, which outlines the College’s expectations of student behaviour. When students’ behaviour breaks the Code of Conduct, the following disciplinary process will be used.

There are four stages to our disciplinary process. These are:
   Informal Warning
   Formal Written Warning
   Final Written Warning
   Final Disciplinary Hearing – Outcome may be Dismissal

Students, who do not show improvement following a warning, will usually be issued with a higher level of warning when the situation is reviewed.

If the behaviour is thought to be serious enough, a student can be suspended at any stage and a warning may be issued following a disciplinary meeting. Examples of how a warning will be issued are outlined below. However, this is for guidance only and the member of staff will decide what the most appropriate warning is, given the severity of the behaviour:

A student can be suspended at any stage and pending investigation. Suspension is not in itself a disciplinary action, it is simply to allow a full investigation to take place.

Students have the right to appeal against a Final Written Warning, or Final Disciplinary Hearing which has resulted in dismissal outcome. They are to do this by writing to the Assistant Principal who heard their case or another relevant manager. Whenever a warning is issued to a student, appropriate support will be offered to help students to progress and be successful on their course. This may include working with their teacher on a particular thing, having regular meetings with a Progress Leader to review progress, attending counselling sessions or an appointment with a member of the Careers Advice and Guidance team. Referrals to external agencies will be made when appropriate.

A one-page summary of the procedure, the Student Conduct Procedure Overview is available on the next page.

Student Conduct Procedure Overview – Staff Overview

Appendix 10:  Staff Guidance on Reason for Disciplinary and the actions to be taken
Performance on Assessment
Attendance and Punctuality
Student at Risk Triage – First Written Warning and Above
Student Reflection

 

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