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Student Misconduct Committee Charter

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Section 1 - Purpose

(1) Student Misconduct Committee considers allegations of non-academic misconduct by students and determines whether the allegations have been substantiated.

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Section 2 - Accountability

(2) Student Misconduct Committee is a management committee accountable to the Vice-Chancellor and President.

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Section 3 - Responsibilities

(3) Student Misconduct Committee undertakes the following:

  1. hears cases of non-academic misconduct referred to it under Management of Student Misconduct Policy;
  2. considers whether an allegation of non-academic misconduct against a student is substantiated;
  3. makes a recommendation to the Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar on any penalty/ies to be imposed where there is a determination that misconduct has been substantiated.
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Section 4 - Delegations

(4) Student Misconduct Committee determines whether or not an allegation of student non-academic misconduct is substantiated. 

(5) Refer to Register of Authorities and Delegations (C143) (QUT staff access only).

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Section 5 - Membership

(6) Membership categories:

  1. A Chairperson, with suitable experience and senior academic standing nominated by the Provost/Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The Chair should be knowledgeable in University policy and procedures and decision-making, and have wide experience in dealing with student issues;
  2. One senior academic staff member nominated by the Provost/Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor;
  3. One professional staff member with experience in student administration nominated by the Provost/Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor;
  4. Two students nominated by the Student Guild on each occasion upon which Student Misconduct Committee is convened to deal with a matter.

(7) Alternate members may be nominated in each membership category with full membership rights. Alternate members may attend a meeting when the ordinary member is unable to attend a meeting.

(8) The quorum for a meeting is three members.

(9) Nominated members of the Committee serve a term of office of up to two years. The length of a nominated member’s term of office is recommended to the nominator by the Chair, on advice from the Secretariat.

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Section 6 - Meeting Frequency

(10) Student Misconduct Committee meets monthly or as required.

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Section 7 - Reporting and Communication

(11) Student Misconduct Committee prepares a report for the Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar of each student case considered at a meeting.

(12) Student Misconduct Committee may provide feedback to a responsible officer regarding any issues identified in reviewing allegations, from a continuous improvement perspective.

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Section 8 - Procedures

(13) Except in regard to quorum (clause 13 of CP1), Student Misconduct Committee operates in accordance with the University Committee Governance Policy, Council Procedure 1 - Committee Operations and Management of Student Misconduct Policy.

(14) Due to the nature of its business, Student Misconduct Committee has a committee operating procedure to assist with its operation and the processes to be followed at meetings. Procedures for the enquiry of the Student Misconduct Committee are provided to a student when an allegation notice is issued. 

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Section 9 - Secretariat

(15) A nominee of the Vice-President (Administration) and University Registrar is secretary.