It is not always easy to report misconduct. You can always seek guidance from, or talk freely and in confidence to, the Students’ Union Advice Centre, a Student Support Officer or a member of the University’s Chaplaincy, before you report anything.
Will the University always investigate complaints?
The University will always investigate any allegation of misconduct. If you report concerns about the actions of another student it will always be taken seriously.
Can I make a complaint anonymously?
Yes, but it makes it much harder to investigate an allegation. Fairness is vital in any investigation. It is very hard to treat both sides in a complaint fairly without openness and transparency. Therefore we don’t encourage anonymous complaints.
Will the Police be involved?
If you have been the victim of a serious crime the University will normally advise you to report it to the Police. It is always your choice whether to report something to the Police, to the University, or to both. The University only has limited powers compared to the Police. For instance, we can’t make someone attend an interview and we can’t seize mobile phone records. The heaviest sanction the University can impose is expulsion. University action is not always a good substitute for police action.
How long does the process take?
It can vary a lot. The University can normally act quite quickly. However, if something is reported to the Police the University will normally wait until the Police/legal process has finished before taking action. On rare occasions (usually for very serious offences) students who are accused of misconduct might be suspended while the case is investigated.
What do I do if I need help and advice?
Contact the Students’ Union Advice Centre. This is where you’ll find a listening ear and experienced, trained staff offering specialist, student-centred advice. It's also free and totally independent. You can find their contact details at:
If you would like further information or have any questions about the information on these pages, you can contact the Student Case Management Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the team on 0161 247 1095