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Ordinance 7: Deprivation or Revocation of Academic Qualifications

7.1

Where any Degree, Diploma, Certificate or other academic distinction (hereinafter described as a qualification) has been granted to or conferred on a person by Senate in accordance with Statute 12.2h or 12.2i, Senate shall have the power in accordance with paragraph 4d of the Charter to deprive the person of that qualification or to revoke it, having determined that there is good cause to do so. Good cause includes the discovery, subsequent to the grant or conferment of the qualification, of academic misconduct in work submitted for the qualification, or other academic-related behaviour, which indicates that the person should be deprived of the qualification or that the qualification should be revoked.

7.2

Upon receipt of a case, the Secretary to the Senate shall arrange for an Investigating Committee to be established, on behalf of Senate and in accordance with Statute 12.3, to consider the case of that person. The Investigating Committee (including its Chair) shall be constituted and appointed by the Vice Chancellor, and its establishment shall be reported to the next meeting of Senate under ‘Reserved’ business.

7.3

The procedure of the Investigating Committee shall accord with the principles of natural justice. The person concerned shall have the opportunity to answer in person before the Committee any allegations about his or her conduct or behaviour that have given rise to the investigation and to put his or her case. The person may be accompanied at any meeting by another person of his or her choice, who may speak on the person’s behalf with the permission of the Chair of the Committee; such permission shall not be unreasonably withheld. Subject to those provisions, the Investigating Committee shall determine its own procedure, in the light of the particular circumstances of the case and taking advice as necessary.

7.4

The Investigating Committee shall make a report to a panel of Senate, and a recommendation for further action, such as deprivation or revocation of a qualification, if warranted. The panel of Senate shall be established in accordance with Statute 12.3 and be constituted and appointed by Senate, including its Chair. The person concerned shall be provided with a copy of the Investigating Committee’s report and any recommendation and shall have the opportunity to comment in writing to the panel of Senate on the report and any recommendation. The person concerned shall have the opportunity to appear in person before the panel of Senate and to be accompanied by another person of his or her choice who may speak on the person’s behalf with the permission of the Chair; such permission will not be unreasonably withheld.

7.5

The panel of Senate shall make a report, and any recommendation for further action it considers appropriate, to Senate. Senate shall make a determination in the case including a decision to deprive a person of a qualification or to revoke a qualification if warranted. Senate shall not delegate its power of deprivation or revocation to any individual or committee.

7.6

There is no right of appeal within the University against the determination of Senate including any decision of Senate to deprive a person of a qualification or to revoke a qualification, Senate’s decision being based on academic judgement. The determination of Senate will be final. An aggrieved person may pursue a complaint about process through the University’s Complaints Procedure. A person dissatisfied with the outcome of the case decided upon by Senate may be able to make a complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.

7.7

No person shall be deprived of an Honorary Degree of the University conferred in accordance with Statute 19 except by Council, and not unless the Council, after consultation with Senate, has determined that there is good cause for that deprivation.

7.8

Where the removal of an award is required as a result of a successful academic appeal, Special Cases Committee has authority delegated to it by Senate to revoke any award affected by the grounds for appeal. In these circumstances, the investigation outlined in 7.1 - 7.6 is not required. The student's award will subsequently be determined on the basis of appropriate result criteria following any repeat study, subsequent study, reassessment or recalculation, and appropriate awards made by Senate in the usual manner.

 

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