Appealing a general misconduct decision

If you’ve been subject to a penalty or disciplinary action as a result of general misconduct, under some circumstances you have the right to appeal the decision.

Under general misconduct processes, decisions are made by the Student Misconduct Panel (SMP) or the Responsible Officer General Misconduct at Student Conduct and Special Circumstances.

You can appeal a decision made against you if:

  • there was actual or a reasonable apprehension of bias on the part of the SMP or responsible officer
  • the penalty was excessive
  • new evidence exists that wasn't reasonably available to the you during the investigation or hearing which had the potential to affect its outcome
  • there was a breach of the rules of natural justice which had the potential to affect the outcome of the investigation or hearing
  • the decision was manifestly wrong.

Your appeal is independently reviewed by someone external to the University, who will do either of the following:

  • advise the University to convene a Student Appeals Panel (SAP) to hear your appeal
  • write to you outlining the reason for dismissing the appeal on the grounds that it is frivolous, vexatious, misconceived, or lacking in substance.