Confidentiality and anonymity

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It is not normally appropriate to keep the identity of witnesses secret during disciplinary proceedings. To do so may undermine the student’s ability to defend themselves. If the witness does not agree to the student knowing their identity it may not be appropriate to rely on their evidence.

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