The University of Southampton wants to ensure you are studying in an environment that is friendly and free from bullying or any other behaviour that could potentially impact on your student experience. The following guide is a short summary of the disciplinary process which can be initiated if a student’s behaviour is unacceptable and breaches the disciplinary policy.

What can be seen as misconduct?

The University considers student misconduct to be "an act or failure to act by a student which is unlawful or otherwise judged to be inappropriate or unacceptable behaviour; and that behaviour does or could negatively affect the University in any way, or any person or entity associated with the University." You can find further examples of misconduct here.

Where can I find the regulations covering Student Discipline?

The Student Discipline policy and procedures are located under University Calendar.

A helpful website covering all aspects of the Disciplinary Procedures is located here and you can also find a summary of the process in a form of a diagram here.

How do I report misconduct of another student?

  • Within Halls of Residence contact a member of the residence team.
  • With your academic department contact a member of the academic or administrative staff.
  • Contact the

What if someone makes allegation against me?

If someone makes allegation about your behaviour, the University will need to investigate it. You will receive initial contact letter, which will provide sufficient detail to outline the nature of the accusation to provide you with an opportunity to present your version of events. Under the principles of Natural Justice you have the right to a clear understating of the allegation, including its source, in order to respond properly. Usually you will be expected to respond to the allegation and/or attend a discipline meeting within five (5) days of the notification. You may need to write a statement and the Advice Centre can help you with that.

Who can support me throughout the process?

It is advisable that you seek help and guidance on the matter. The Advice Centre can offer you free, independent and confidential advice on the process and support you at any meetings you may need to attend.

What are the possible outcomes of formal Disciplinary procedure?

The outcomes may vary from, for example: case being dismissed, a formal reprimand given, fine issued to your course being terminated. For full list of potential outcomes, please click here.

Can I appeal a sanction?

Yes, you can appeal a sanction using the appeals regulations. You have 10 working days to lodge your appeal by sending a copy of the completed Notice of Appeal form to the Secretary of the Committee of Discipline, together with a copy of the Outcome Letter.

You may only appeal on following grounds:

  • You have significant or additional new evidence not previously available, explaining a particular behaviour or outcome. (This additional evidence must be sent in with the written notice of appeal)
  • There has been significant failure of due process in the making of the original decision i.e. a material procedural irregularity or administrative errors which, if it had not occurred, might have impacted significantly on the original judgement and/or the sanction imposed.

What are the top tips for when I’m contacted regarding misconduct?

  • Remain calm
  • Read the Disciplinary regulations
  • Try to list the events that led to the issue
  • Seek independent and confidential support from the Advice Centre
  • Prepare a statement (try our statement writing guide)
  • Attend any meetings if required - you have the right to be accompanied by someone, so it is advisable you contact the Advice Centre as soon as possible

Further guidance

For further guidance on the Special Discipline regulations, contact the Advice Centre.

You can also visit us in Building 40, Highfield campus. Our opening hours are Monday–Friday 09.00–17.00