Student Disciplinary Procedure
During your time at SOAS, you have the right to complain if you are dissatisfied with any aspect of your experience at SOAS. However, you also have a responsibility to follow the rules and regulations of the School whilst studying here.
The rules and regulations that are in force are made available via this website and in Student Handbooks. You have an obligation to familiarise yourself with all the rules that affect you. If you fail to follow the School’s rules, or behave unjustifiably in a way that adversely affects other students, the School’s employees or contractors, or other individuals or organisations, or bring the School into disrepute through your actions, you may be subject to the School’s Student Disciplinary Procedure.
- What does the procedure consist of?
- What penalties/punishments can be imposed?
- Where can you go for advice?
- Where can you see the procedure in full?
1. What does the procedure consist of?
In summary, the procedure is as follows. As with the School’s complaints procedures, the aim is to resolve disciplinary cases at the earliest possible stage, so not all of these stages will be necessary in every case.
- If you wish to report misconduct by a student, you should write to the Information Compliance Manager.
- If a report is made about you, you will be told, and kept informed throughout the process.
- The Director will appoint a senior member of staff to investigate the allegation.
- There are then three stages to the School’s disciplinary procedure:
- Stage 1 – informal investigation by a senior member of staff, usually the student’s Head of Department;
- Stage 2 – formal disciplinary hearing chaired by the Dean of the student’s Faculty;
- Stage 3 – Appeal Panel chaired by a senior member of staff nominated by the Director, a member nominated by Academic Board, and a representative of the Student Union.
Following the Appeal Panel, the student concerned will be issued with a Completion of Procedures letter. If they are dissatisfied with the outcome of the School’s procedures, they may appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) within three months of receiving their Completion of Procedures letter.
At each stage, the School can choose to either dismiss the allegations or find that some or all of the allegations are justified and suggest a penalty/punishment.
2. What penalties/punishments can the School impose?
Penalties could include (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Exclusion temporarily, or in serious cases, permanently from the School;
- Restricting access to specific facilities for a fixed period;
- Making a financial charge for damage caused;
- Imposing a fine;
- Requiring a written apology;
- Issuing a warning with conditions;
- Adding a note to a student’s academic record which may be made available to potential employers who request references for the student.
3. Where can you go for advice?
Student Advice and Wellbeing can provide impartial advice to students on any matter relating to their experience at SOAS. This can include advice and support to students subject to, or involved in, the disciplinary process.
The Information Compliance Manager in the Directorate can provide advice on any aspect of the Student Disciplinary Procedure.