This is a guide to what you shouldn’t do, and what could lead to expulsion. You can read the full list of offences in section B2 of the Student Code of Conduct. Remember that:

• The list of offences isn’t exhaustive - if you act in any way that could harm the University community you may have action taken against you.
• These are only examples and every case is different. Things which are normally serious may not be always treated as serious misconduct or if something that is normally minor has had a serious impact it could be treated as serious. Eg. a punch is likely to be serious misconduct but a gentle shove, while still classed as violence, is much less likely to be serious.
• Something that is misconduct might become serious if it happens more than once.

Types of Misconduct

Violent or abusive behaviour

The University wants everyone to feel safe on campus and does not tolerate any form of intimidation, bullying or harassment. Using offensive, threatening or bullying language to staff or other students, or anyone on campus is misconduct. This includes what you say on social media or in other online interactions.

If you are violent, or threaten someone with violence this is serious misconduct and you could be expelled.

Respect and Equality

Any abusive behaviour can have a serious impact on others. Incidents are handled on a case-by-case basis and potential impact will be considered. Any incident which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate based on one of the following will normally be treated as serious misconduct:

• age
• disability
• gender or gender identity
• pregnancy or maternity
• race
• religion or belief (including islamophobia, or anti-Semitism, using the international definition of anti-Semitism as adopted by the UK government)
• sexual orientation


If you are found using illegal drugs in Halls, or anywhere on campus, action will be taken against you. If you do it again you could be made to move out of Halls.

If you are found selling drugs in Halls, or anywhere else on campus, you will normally have to move out of Halls and could well be expelled from the University.

Health & Safety

If you do something that could have risked the safety and wellbeing of students this is misconduct. This includes breaches of the terms and conditions of your Halls contract. Examples of this are:
• Covering up the smoke detector in your room;
• Activating fire alarms unnecessarily;
• Not evacuating when the fire alarm sounds;
• Storing flammable materials (eg. candles) in your room.

Sexual Misconduct

This can cover a range of behaviour which is not acceptable in the University community. If you do any of the following without consent, it is classed as misconduct:

• Engaging in a sexual act;
• Kissing;
• Touching inappropriately;
• Showing sexual organs to another person;
• Sharing sexually explicit images;
• Repeatedly following another person;
• Making unwanted remarks of a sexual nature.

Any of these will normally be serious misconduct and could lead to expulsion. However, some offences will be much more serious than others (eg. forcefully kissing someone on the lips is likely to be regarded as a serious disciplinary offence whereas lightly kissing someone on the back of a hand is likely to be regarded as a less serious). For more serious cases (eg. in cases of alleged rape) the University would advise it is reported to the Police.

Off campus behaviour

Behaviour that damages the University’s relationship with local residents or external groups is misconduct. Examples of this are:

• Holding large noisy parties;
• Inconsiderate parking;
• Dropping litter.

Noise and litter can have a serious impact on your neighbours, regardless of whether or not they are students. If you are causing a noise nuisance the council can issue a noise abatement notice. If you get one of these the University will also take action against you. For serious or repeated issues this could be serious misconduct.

If you behave in any way that could seriously harm the reputation of the University you risk being expelled.

Damage to Property or Taking Property

You should treat the property of other students, and University property, with respect at all times. If you damage or misuse property this could be misconduct – regardless of whether it was intentional or not. If you take someone’s property without their permission this is serious misconduct and could lead to expulsion, as well as potential police involvement.


Any kind of deception of dishonesty can be serious misconduct. An example of this could be submitting fake evidence with an Exceptional Factors claim – this could lead to you being expelled.

If you make false claims about another student or a member of staff this is also misconduct.

Other University Policies and Regulations

If you breach any of the following this will be treated as misconduct:
Terms and Conditions of Residence for halls of residence
Library Rules and Regulations
Student Regulations for the Use of University Computing Facilities

You also need to remember that:
• If a member of staff asks you to show your ID card you need to do this;
• You can’t record any conversations without the permission of everyone present;

Criminal Offence

Students are expected to tell the University immediately if they are charged with, or convicted of, a serious criminal offence. You should tell the University via

Any disclosure is treated as highly confidential. If you commit any criminal offence that is relevant to the University this could be serious misconduct. Although the University won’t normally take action while a criminal process is ongoing you could also be sanctioned by the University after the criminal justice process has finished. If you are sent to prison, your registration with the University will automatically be cancelled with no right of appeal.

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 or by calling the team on 0161 247 1095

Guidance for Students