Students Staff

4 October 2018

Join the Student Conduct Panel

Filed under: News — ckeitch @ 2.09 pm

The Student Conduct Panel exists to deal with cases of serious student non-academic misconduct. The Panel comprises of a small number of academic staff and students. When a student is reported for an alleged breach of the Student Conduct Regulations the case is investigated by the Proctor or the Associate Proctor who may impose a penalty themselves in less serious cases. However, serious cases or repeated minor breaches are referred for a hearing by a Student Conduct Committee made up of three members of the Student Conduct Panel: two members of academic staff and one student. The Student Conduct Committee meets and follows set procedures to hear all the evidence in the case to determine whether or not the accused student is guilty of the alleged breach and, if so, what the penalty should be. Penalties can range from a formal written warning to expulsion from the University.

What are the benefits of joining?

As a member of the panel you would be making a significant contribution to University life. Aside from finding involvement in the process very interesting and rewarding, you would gain some valuable transferrable skills that could be used during and beyond your studies. We encourage students who have participated in the process to make reference to their panel membership on their CV.

Additionally, students who join the panel in 2017/18 and who complete their initial training session plus two observations and then sit on a minimum of four committee meetings over a three year period can achieve 25 units towards a Big Essex Award.

How will membership affect my studies?

Membership of the panel will not take up much of your time. A Student Conduct Committee usually lasts less than two hours and we have in the region of five to ten per academic year. In a busy year it is unlikely that you would be expected to sit on more than three or four committees over the course of the year. Students who join the panel are expected to attend an initial training session and then observe some committees before being ready to sit on a committee themselves. There is also an annual training event which all existing panel members must attend which lasts about three to four hours

How long would my membership last?

If you are happy to do so, we would hope that you would remain a panel member for the duration of your studies. Experience as a panel member contributes greatly towards the panel functioning well.

What should I do if I’m interested in joining and want to know more?

If you are interested in joining, please email to register your interest as soon as possible and no later than 4pm on Monday 8 October 2018. You will then be sent an application form to complete and return by 5pm on Monday 15 October 2018. We will contact you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been shortlisted for a short interview which will take place on Wednesday 31 October 2018. Successful applicants will be required to attend training on Wednesday 21 November 2018 (full day). Please make a note of these dates in your diary / calendar.

Further information

In the meantime, find out more about the student conduct process.

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