Supporting the student

You should direct students to the support services available, for example HISA, which may provide independent support and advice. This applies to students who are going through student academic misconduct procedures and to students who are providing information about someone else’s conduct, which is being considered under those procedures. It is good practice to give students access to support and advice and, where it is not practicable to do so internally, you should consider arranging for students to access support at other local community services.

Students who have access to well-trained and resourced student support services will not normally need to seek legal advice, although they may wish to in serious cases.

You should be aware of our duties under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for disabled students. If the student says the behaviour giving rise to the academic misconduct concern is related to their disability, you should consider carefully whether to proceed with disciplinary action, or to refer the student to support for (or fitness to) study processes.

You may also need to take into account a student’s disability when setting penalties. For example, if the student’s conduct was linked to an underlying mental health condition, that might mitigate the seriousness of the offence. In some cases it might be more appropriate to refer the student to support for (or fitness to) study processes than to apply an academic misconduct penalty.

Support

You should tell students who have mental health difficulties about the specific support services available to them, for example counselling services. If a student appears unable to engage effectively with the academic misconduct process, the provider may suggest that the student appoints a representative. It may be appropriate to suspend the misconduct process until the student has accessed appropriate support.

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