Rules of Behaviour

As a student at Cardiff University, you should not undertake any actions which would damage the reputation of the University. It is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student at Cardiff University.

Student Behaviour Procedure 

Occasionally some students find themselves in the position of having breached University Regulations, resulting in a complaint about their conduct. If you face allegations regarding your conduct, the University may instigate an investigation under the Student Behaviour procedure.

A Student Advice adviser can offer you confidential non-judgemental guidance and advice on your situation. It is important that you understand what the allegation is against you and also that you engage with your opportunity to respond. A Student Advice adviser can advise you on what will happen next, the procedures which govern how the University should investigate different types of misconduct and help you prepare your response to an allegation.

Student Responsibilities

The University Regulations State; In order to enjoy the benefits of being a member of the University Community, students must fulfil the following responsibilities:

i) to treat all members of the wider University Community with dignity and respect;

ii) to take personal responsibility for their own behaviour as well as the safety of themselves and others within the wider University Community;

iii) to engage fully with reasonable University requests, requirements and opportunities;

iv) to report a police arrest, criminal charge or conviction with 14 calendar days.

4. Investigable Offences

4.1 An investigable offence is where a student’s behaviour does not meet the requirements of the University. Where this occurs the University will take action. The University will investigate behaviour that appears to be unlawful, unjustifiable, or that may harm the wider University Community or the University’s property, activities or reputation. This includes behaviour which disrupts the functioning of the University or Students’ Union, or the activities of the wider University Community.

Examples of “investigative offences” would be:

  • Harassment towards university staff and students. This can include bullying other students.

  • Damaging university property.

  • Seriously disruptive behaviour

  • Unauthorised access to computer systems

  • Posting inappropriate comments on social media sites

This is not an exhaustive list.

If you are on a professional course then any breach of the rules of behaviour is likely to be considered under fitness to practice.

If a concern about a student’s behaviour is raised the University will conduct an investigation. You will be asked to attend an investigation meeting.

For minor issues you might be:

  • Issued with a warning
  • Be asked to write an apology
  • The university might asked you to sign a behaviour agreement
  • Reflection or attend an educative workshop

More serious concerns will be referred to a University Committee.

The Committee might decide to:

  • Restrict access to all university facilities
  • Temporary exclusion
  • Permanent exclusion

Sometimes students are suspended immediately until investigations are complete. 

As with all university procedures, you can appeal any decision made.

If your behaviour is called into question, seek advice straight away.

A student adviser can offer independent and confidential advice and support you through the process. This can include;

  • Helping you draft statements and provide evidence to support your case.
  • Attending hearings and meetings with you.

For further information on Academic Regulations, please click here.

Allegations about your conduct can be distressing to face and you may feel unsure about how to respond to the University.