What’s the problem?

I have been invited to attend a Disciplinary meeting with the University.
 

What can we do to help?

On making contact with the Students’ Union Advice Service, we will:

  • Discuss the details of your case and any concerns.
  • explain the  procedure and the format of the hearing or meeting.
  • Support you to prepare for the meeting, including preparing any response to the allegation.
  • Advise you on what evidence you might be able to get to help your case and any witness statements where appropriate. 
  • Explain the possible outcomes and the implications.
  • If an Adviser is available, they can attend the meeting with you.
  • Refer you to any other Support Services as necessary.
     

How can you contact us for advice?

Email: You can email your query to us at suadvice@leedsbekectt.ac.uk and an Adviser will get back to you. Please try to give as much information as possible relating to your query when you email us.

Drop In to speak to an Adviser: You can call in to see an Adviser during our drop in hours either at City or Headingley Campus. You can find our drop in times here.

Phone to speak to an Adviser: If we have no Advisers available to take your call our reception will take some details from you and pass your information on to us and we will get back in contact with you. If we are unable to get through to you on the phone we will send you an email to let you know we have been unable to get through. If you have provided reception with details relating to your query, we can also send you information that might help. Our number will come up as withheld so keep this in mind when you are waiting for a call back.

Book an Appointment with an Adviser: We have a number of appointments throughout the week at both City and Headingley Campus’ you just need to call 0113 812 8400 and ask to book an appointment with an Adviser and reception will be able to see if there are any at a time that suits you. If not, then they will recommend one of the other ways of contacting us.
 

Case Study

What was the problem:

A student contacted the Advice Service because the University had sent them a letter inviting them to attend an investigatory meeting to discuss and allegation of misconduct that had been made about them under the University’s Code of Discipline.

The issue related to some negative and derogatory content that the student had posted on social media about another student.

Advice given:

The student adviser went through the University’s disciplinary procedure with the student. They explained to the student that this meeting was to investigate the issue and to hear her version of events prior to coming to a decision about whether the matter would be taken to a more formal disciplinary hearing. 

The adviser advised the student to write a reflect statement about her actions and bring this with her to the meeting.

Outcome:

An adviser attended the meeting with the student. The student acknowledged to the investigating officer that her behaviour has fallen short and she could demonstrate what steps she had taken since posting the content to try to make amends to the other student concerned. The student had removed the post when she saw that the situation and comments from other people were escalating and had contacted the other student shortly afterwards to try and apologise.

The outcome to the meeting was that the student was asked to write a formal letter of apology to the other student, and that a record of this incident would be kept on her student file in case other issues were to occur in the future. It was agreed that subject to meeting these requirements the student would not face any further disciplinary action in relation to this matter.
 

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