Cases involving more than one student
It is important that joint or group allegations are dealt with in a manner that is fair to all the students involved. You should think carefully about how processes and meetings are conducted. Is there:
- An equal opportunity to hear/respond?
It is good practice to ensure that all students involved hear and can respond to what the other/s have said or evidence they have provided. Where it is not possible or practical to do so, steps should be taken to ensure there is a consistent approach to all the students involved.
- Consistency of decision making?
It is good practice for the same people to consider the case against all the students involved whether at a joint meeting or individually.
- Consistency of penalty?
A decision should be made for each student individually, taking their particular circumstances into account. However, there should be broad consistency in the penalty given to all students who commit the same offence with similar circumstances.
It is important to ensure that decisions are not reached by default. You should ensure that where cases are heard separately, a conclusion that one student has not committed the offence does not automatically mean that another student is guilty, if before their case has been heard.
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