C2: Student Conduct Policy

This policy covers Student Non-Academic Misconduct

  1. An allegation of non-academic misconduct concerning a student’s conduct as an enrolled student of ORMS, may refer to any actions or activities engaged in, or services and facilities enjoyed, as a student of ORMS, or in the vicinity of any premises owned, leased, managed or used by ORMS.
  2. Non-academic misconduct may involve conduct relating to (though not limited to) the following:
    1. Conduct involving breaches of stated instructions or regulations issued by ORMS, associated professional, statutory and/or regulatory bodies, or by authorised members of ORMS, that prejudice the orderly working of ORMS and/or contravene the requirements of associated professional, statutory and/or regulatory bodies.
    2. Conduct involving harmful or inappropriate acts that may require referral as defined by the Disclosure and Barring Service (https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dbs-referrals-guidance–2 ). These are acts that have:
      1. harmed a child or protected adult;
      2. placed a child or protected adult at risk of harm;
      3. engaged in inappropriate conduct involving pornography;
      4. engaged in inappropriate conduct of a sexual nature involving a child or protected adult;
      5. given inappropriate medical treatment to any patient, including a child or protected adult.
    3. Conduct that brings or could bring, the reputation of ORMS, or associated professional, statutory and/or regulatory bodies, into disrepute.
    4. Conduct including (though not limited to):
      1. assault of or threatening behaviour towards any student(s) or member(s) of staff of ORMS;
      2. unauthorised damage to the property of ORMS, student(s) or member(s) of staff of ORMS;
      3. harassment, sexual misconduct, bullying and/or discrimination on the grounds of gender, sexuality, disability, age, race or religion;
      4. misappropriation or misuse of ORMS’ funds or assets;
      5. unauthorised occupation of ORMS’ land or premises;
      6. behaviour which interferes with the legitimate freedom of speech, ideas, actions or enquiry of a student(s) or member(s) of staff or which disrupts or interferes with ORMS’ processes or procedures;
      7. attempts to subvert ORMS’ processes or procedures by means of false claims or fraudulent documents;
      8. actions in contravention of applicable legislation;
      9. unauthorised appropriation and/or dissemination of offensive materials and publications, whether in printed or electronic format.
    5. Conduct that endangers the safety or well-being of others.
  1. Any student who assists a fellow student, or student(s), to commit misconduct shall be deemed to have committed misconduct and will be dealt with in accordance with the Student Misconduct Procedure.
  2. Students on courses recognised by HCPC should also consult HCPC’s Standards of Education and Training (link here)

Penalties

One or more of the following penalties may be applied for a first offence of misconduct. The automatic penalty for a second misconduct offence, where both cases have been classified as academic misconduct or both classified as non-academic misconduct, shall be Penalty 9.

The following list of penalties is not exhaustive.

Penalty 1: Reprimand: Written warning, retained by the Head of Administration in the ORMS’ student file, and copies distributed to the Academic Director, Quality Manager, and any other support teams as deemed appropriate. This penalty would be appropriate only if ORMS’ staff were satisfied the misconduct was a minor transgression, and the first known case of misconduct

Penalty 2: Failure + all remaining re-assessment opportunities: Grades for the individual component of assessment affected by the academic misconduct be reduced to Grade F or equivalent*, and the student be permitted the remaining re-assessment opportunities as would normally apply to that component of assessment.

Penalty 3: Failure + one re-assessment opportunity: Grades for the individual component of assessment affected by the academic misconduct be reduced to Grade F or equivalent*, and the student be permitted only one of any remaining re-assessment opportunities.

Penalty 4: Failure + no re-assessment opportunity: Grades for the individual component of assessment affected by the academic misconduct be reduced to Grade F or equivalent*, and the student not be permitted any of the remaining re-assessment opportunities. Such a penalty would require the approval of the Board of Directors prior to it being confirmed.

Penalty 5: Replacement costs: Charges covering the cost of replacement of ORMS or Outreach property damaged as a consequence of the misconduct, without financial limit.

Penalty 6: Supervised voluntary service: Supervised voluntary service within ORMS, up to a maximum of 24 hours, no more than 3 hours to be undertaken consecutively and subject to such supervision by an Authorised Officer as the Board of Directors may decide.

Penalty 7: Fine: A fine of not more that £250. This may, at the discretion of the Head of Administration, be paid off by undertaking supervised voluntary service at the current National Minimum Wages per hour or may take the form of a suspended fine pending good behaviour.

Penalty 8: Suspension for specified period: A recommendation to the Academic Director (or a nominee to whom such authority has been delegated) for the immediate suspension of enrolment and all corresponding rights of the student, including the use of ORMS’ facilities, for a specified period. Any student suspended will be required to return all ORMS loaned materials and equipment during the period of the suspension.

Penalty 9: Termination of Enrolment: A recommendation to the Academic Director (or a nominee to whom such authority has been delegated) for the student’s immediate termination of enrolment (including all corresponding rights), discontinuation of studies and exclusion from ORMS’ facilities and properties. This recommendation shall be automatic in the case of a second proven case of misconduct, where both cases have been classified as academic misconduct, or both classified as non-academic misconduct. This recommendation may include a request to permanently deny the student any future rights of application and enrolment to ORMS’ courses. Where this penalty is imposed on a migrant student, ORMS shall report this decision to the UK Visas and Immigration service. Any student whose enrolment is terminated will be required to return all ORMS loaned materials and equipment during the period of the suspension.

You should also consult the C1a: Misconduct Process

Appeal Forms are available here [link]