6.3.1 Disciplinary Procedures

The Dean, together with the Tutors, is principally responsible for all matters of discipline relating to junior members. She is empowered by the College Council to levy fines of up to £150, as well as making additional charges to recover the costs of, for example, damage and cleaning. Minor misdemeanours usually result suspension of certain privileges, and/or community service. However, aggravated offences will be dealt with more severely and in no circumstances will a plea that drunkenness reduced an individual’s judgement be entertained as a mitigating factor.

However, the Dean delegates to the Porters the responsibility to deal with very minor misdemeanours, either by a warning or by reporting the offender to his or her Tutor or the Dean. You are expected to comply with all reasonable requests or instructions issued by a Porter (e.g. to turn down music volume). In the first instance, the Head Porter may investigate minor incidents, and you are expected to co-operate with her in such matters. 

Complaints of a more serious nature are normally considered by a Board of Discipline (the constitution and powers of which are laid down in College Statute 24), which may fine, remove from College for a limited period, or expel. Complaints alleging behaviour of a serious criminal nature should normally be referred directly to the police. The College will support students appropriately who do so whilst also respecting the rights of others. Whilst a matter is the subject of a police enquiry it will not be subject to a Board of Discipline pending the outcome of any police investigation. In such cases, the College nevertheless reserves the right to take such interim or subsequent action, including any measure it deems necessary to safeguard other members of the community. In the event that a complainant chooses not to report a serious criminal allegation to the police the College it should be noted that the College lacks the forensic resources and procedural safeguards that would allow it to replicate a police investigation and/or judicial process.

6.3.2 Disciplinary Appeals

Appeals against a decision of the Dean or a Tutor

Any junior member wishing to appeal against disciplinary sanctions imposed on him or her by the Dean or by one of the Tutors may do so by appealing directly to the Master (or, in the absence of the Master, the Vice-Master). The appeal may be against a finding of guilt or against the level of fine or other punishment imposed.

The Master will normally consult the Dean or the Tutor responsible for the disciplinary decision. He may seek guidance from the Tutor of the junior member concerned, if the Tutor was not the original disciplinary agent. He may also decide to consult the Senior Tutor and/or any other person he thinks fit. In minor cases, he may decide to take action on his own and there the matter will rest. In more serious cases, he will decide whether there is a prima facie case for the appeal to proceed. In the event of it being decided that there is no prima facie case for the appeal to be heard by the Appeals Body, there will be no further right of appeal to any other authority. In the event of it being decided that there is a case for the appeal to be taken further, it will be heard by the Appeals Body, which will report its findings to the Master.

The procedure for determining the composition of the Appeals Body will follow that laid down in the College Statutes for the composition of the Board of Discipline. The junior member will have the right to be represented at the appeal by his/her Tutor or by another Fellow of his/her choice.

The Appeals Body will have the authority to find the appellant not guilty. It will also have the authority to increase, as well as to reduce, any fine or other form of punishment. If, having exhausted the College appeals mechanisms, a junior member is not content with that process, he or she may appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

Appeals against a decision of the Board of Discipline

In accordance with Statute 24, a student who has been expelled by a decision of the Board of Discipline has the right to appeal within 14 days to the College Council. The Council has the power to confirm, vary or reverse the decision of the Board of Discipline and/or the sanction imposed. The Statute does not provide for appeals against lesser penalties imposed by a Board of Discipline.

Appeals against a decision by the College Council to uphold a decision by the Board of Discipline

A student whose appeal to the College Council is unsuccessful retains the right of appeal to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.