What are student misconduct committees?
There are two types of student misconduct committees at UTS: the University Student Conduct Committee and the Student Misconduct Appeals Committee. Committee members are UTS staff and students.
University Student Conduct Committee (USCC)
The University Student Conduct Committee will inquire into an allegation of student misconduct, determine if the allegation is proven and, if relevant, recommend a penalty to the Vice-Chancellor’s nominee.
If the matter has been referred by the Vice-Chancellor’s nominee to the University Student Conduct Committee, the Committee will make recommendations on penalty only.
A decision by the Vice-Chancellor’s nominee can be appealed.
Student Misconduct Appeals Committee (SMAC)
The Student Misconduct Appeals Committee determines any appeals in relation to student misconduct, on the grounds submitted by the student.
A decision by the Student Misconduct Appeals Committee is the final decision of the University.
Do I need to attend the Committee meeting?
It is recommended that you attend, so you have an opportunity to explain the circumstances, answer questions and, if relevant, submit any documentation.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you wish to bring any relevant documents (for example, medical certificates), you should bring them along with you. It is probably wise to also submit these documents prior to the meeting, so the University can verify them.
Can I bring a support person?
Yes, it is recommended that you bring along a support person, such as a friend or advisor.
The Students’ Association has caseworkers available to support you throughout the process and attend meetings, hearings or appeals if you wish.
How long does the meeting take?
Generally, cases last around 30-45 minutes, but some may take longer. There could also be delays.
We recommend that you set aside 90 minutes to two hours for your case.
Of course, more complex matters can be much longer.
What happens at the meeting?
The University’s representative will provide an outline of the alleged misconduct. Generally, this is the information contained within the documents sent to you.
The Chair will ask you to provide an explanation and provide any relevant documentation. Committee members can ask you or the University’s representative questions at any time during the meeting.
The Committee will discuss your case in private and reach a determination on the ‘balance of probabilities’.
If you are attending a University Student Conduct Committee, the Committee will only make a recommendation, which will be forwarded to the Vice-Chancellor's nominee for decision. If you are attending the Student Misconduct Appeals Committee, its determination is the final decision of the University.
What happens after the meeting?
University Student Conduct Committee
A report of the meeting including the Committee’s recommendations will be sent to the Vice-Chancellor’s nominee, who will make a final decision. You will receive a formal letter advising you of the decision and information on how to appeal and a copy of the Committee's report.
Student Misconduct Appeals Committee
You will receive a formal letter advising you of the decision of the Student Misconduct Appeals Committee and a copy of the Committee’s report.
How long does the process take?
Generally, the student misconduct committee process takes approximately six weeks but, depending on the complexity, it may take much longer.
Where can I find more information?
For an overview of the process, see the Information Guide for Students Attending Student Conduct Committees (PDF, 171kB).
For further information, see: