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General University Regulations

Proctorial notice on University discipline

Plagiarism and collusion in work submitted for assessment

Plagiarism and good academic practice

Disciplinary procedure

Introduction: the University Disciplinary Procedure

1. Any complaint by the Proctors, or by any other member or employee of the University, that a junior member of the University has committed an offence against the disciplinary regulations of the University is considered by the University Advocate, who decides whether a charge shall be brought. (Complaints about breaches of College disciplinary regulations are solely a matter for the College concerned.)

2. If the complaint is of a minor offence, the case may be dealt with by the Summary Court, which consists of a Chairman, one senior member of the University, and one junior member. The Summary Court has power to impose fines not exceeding £175 and to order payment of compensation not exceeding £250.

3. If the University Advocate considers that the alleged offence is a serious one, the charge will be dealt with by the Court of Discipline. The Chairman of this Court is legally qualified or experienced judicially and may be a non-resident member of the University. The other members of the Court are two senior members and two junior members, but, if the person charged so requests, the Court includes four senior members and no junior members. The Court normally sits in camera. The Court has power to impose sentences of deprivation or suspension of membership of the University, deprivation or suspension of degree, rustication, and any other sentence which it considers lighter, including requesting the Vice-Chancellor to issue a revised class-list awarding a different class of degree than that initially awarded by the Examiners, and may order payment of compensation.

4. There is provision for appeals from decisions of the Court of Discipline to another court, the Septemviri, which consists of seven senior members of the University. The Septemviri may quash the finding or vary the sentence within the limits of the powers of the Court of Discipline. The Court of Discipline itself acts as a court of appeal against decisions of the Summary Court, and the Summary Court can hear appeals against library fines, fines for offences against the regulations for motor vehicles, etc. The decision of each court, when it is acting as a court of appeal, is final.


5. A person appearing before a University court is allowed assistance and representation if they so wish, and may call witnesses.

6. The Faculty of Law operates a voluntary scheme whereby members of the Faculty offer free legal advice and representation. Students who wish to take advantage of this arrangement should consult the Secretary of the Faculty Board of Law, who maintains a list of officers willing to act in this way. Alternatively, students may wish to employ professional assistance, or Counsel, at their own expense.

Statutory provisions for the Court of Discipline

7. The regulations for the University courts can be found in the Statutes and Ordinances:

Further information can be found in the full Court of Discipline Practice Statement, from which the above excerpt is taken.