Major misconduct is either minor misconduct which is repeated, despite warnings or minor offence procedures, or misconduct judged to be so severe by the Student Disciplinary Officer as to require a review of the student’s registration at the College.
One example of major misconduct which would be judged severe enough by the Student Disciplinary Officer to progress straight to a review of a student’s registration at the College would be being involved in a violent attack on another student which caused significant injury. In such a case the College would also involve the Police and a student could expect to have their registration reviewed. They would face a termination of their registration but may receive a lesser penalty if there were mitigating circumstances.
The College also takes a very strict line on deliberate fraud – the forging of references, doctor’s letters etc. and serious cases can lead to termination.
If an incident of misconduct is considered severe enough to merit a review of the student's registration with the College, then it will be referred to a Vice Principal for investigation. The Vice Principal will then either refer the matter back, which will initiate the minor misconduct procedures, or will seek the Principal's approval for a hearing to take place.
The hearing panel will consist of a Vice Principal and another senior member of College Staff, and this will be held in accordance with Appendix 7 of the Student Disciplinary Regulations.
The Vice Principal's panel may then impose any of the sanctions as outlined in Section 32 of the Student Disciplinary Regulations.