General misconduct meetings and hearings

The Office of Student Conduct treats misconduct seriously and assesses every report it receives. The nature of the reported misconduct will determine the next steps.

Meeting with the Office

In some instances, we’ll invite the person reporting the misconduct to an initial meeting to discuss the matter in more detail. The meeting will be private and confidential, between the person and a member of our team. The person reported will not be there.

Both the student making the report and the student who is the subject of the report can bring a witness or support person to accompany them to a meeting, such as a friend or student advocate from the Monash student association.

The meeting may resolve the matter, or require further investigation. This may result in a general misconduct panel hearing.

The panel hearing

A general misconduct panel deals with matters of a serious nature, such as assault (physical, sexual or verbal), threats, highly offensive behaviour, and damage to property.

The panel consists of a chairperson (member of staff), a second member of staff, and a student. At the request of the respondent, the student member can be substituted for a staff member.

If required to attend a panel hearing, the respondent will be provided with the panel procedures.

Witnesses

If there are witnesses to the alleged misconduct, the responsible officer will let you (the respondent) know who they are. If you want to ask witnesses questions at the hearing, you must advise the Office in writing four days before the hearing date.

Support

The University recognises that misconduct matters can be confronting. We’ll help the both respondent and the person reporting the misconduct access support services, including counselling, a mental health nurse or an interpreter (if required) for the hearing.

Support is also available through the many free support services provided at Monash.

At the hearing

Cases are decided on the balance of probabilities, that is, whether it’s more likely than not that the misconduct occurred.

At the hearing, you (the respondent) will be able to:

  • present your perspective orally or in writing (or both orally and in writing)
  • bring a witness or support person in response to the allegations
  • present any written evidence or material for consideration.

After the hearing you'll be advised of:

  • the findings of the hearing
  • the penalty, if there is one
  • whether or not an appeal can be made.

The outcome

You'll usually be told of the outcome of the hearing on the day.

If the allegations are found to be true, a range of penalties can be applied. For details, see outcomes and penalties.