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Student Complaints



Role Description for the Student Discipline Officer


Role Overview


This role, which is an additional responsibility to a Regent House member’s substantive role, is appointed by Grace.  It enables an independent role-holder to assess whether it is necessary to commission an investigation into a student’s misconduct under the Student Disciplinary Procedure, and, where relevant, to consider the subsequent investigation report, choosing to take no further action, impose a minor sanction or referring the case to the Discipline Committee.  The Role Holder will also be responsible for considering whether a Registered Student’s criminal conviction will require the University to take further action.


The consistency and transparency of the Student Discipline Officer’s decisions and reasons for those decisions will provide the University with reassurance that students are being treated fairly and in accordance with the discipline procedure.


Person Specification


  • Experience
    • Must be a current member of Regent House
    • Proven experience of decision-making including in relation to sensitive and complex cases
    • Experience of drafting clear and succinct reasons for case decisions
    • Experience of commissioning investigations
    • Experience of working with higher education students
    • Experience of alternative methods of resolution
  • Skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent attention to detail
    • Ability to prioritise according to urgency and importance
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the complexities of sexual misconduct, including the impact on those who have experienced sexual misconduct and the impact of being accused of sexual misconduct
    • Demonstrate knowledge of the complexities of academic misconduct, including contract cheating, plagiarism and examination misconduct
    • Ability to build positive, professional relationships with others
    • Demonstrate understanding of relevant legislation including matters related to the criminal justice process, confidentiality, data sharing and discrimination