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Professional Suitability, Academic and Non-Academic Misconduct

Student misconduct and professional suitability are governed by Senate Regulation 6.

Student misconduct

The University’s regulations on misconduct apply to all students registered with the University or registered for a qualification offered by the University, irrespective of their mode or place of study, and to graduates. Academic and non-academic misconduct can lead to a range of sanctions.

The University has rules relating to student conduct. Ways in which these rules may be breached are shown in Senate Regulation 6. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • plagiarism
  • cheating
  • collusion
  • falsification
  • fighting
  • disorderly or anti-social behaviour
  • possession of, or dealing, drugs etc. 

If the University thinks you have breached the regulation an investigation into your conduct is likely to commence. The University has a range of penalties available if a student is found to have breached the regulations.

Professional suitability

Certain programmes which lead to professional qualifications require students to demonstrate appropriate behaviours which indicate that they are suitable to practice in a particular profession. Students on such programmes are normally required to adhere to a code of practice or standards. Such programmes include social work, nursing and teaching. You will be advised if this applies to your programme of study.

Failure to maintain appropriate standards may result in your professional suitability being brought into question. If you are found to be unsuitable you may be required to withdraw from your programme of study. The University reserves the right to inform the professional body in such circumstances. 

Appealing a decision made under SR6

If you wish to appeal against a decision of the Vice-Chancellor’s Representative, Misconduct Panel, Professional Suitability Panel, Vice Chancellor or Vice-Dean (Education) find out more information about the appeal process.You’ll need to complete and submit a notice of request to appeal against a decision made: Notice of request to appeal under SR6

If you require further information please email: conduct@brunel.ac.uk.