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Disciplinary Appeals Process

You can appeal against a disciplinary decision against you by the University by following the Disciplinary Appeal process

How do I make an appeal?

If you have been a Respondent in a Disciplinary Procedure, have recieved the outcome, and would like to appeal against the decision made you can do so through submitting an Appeal Form to student-discipline-appeals@bath.ac.uk.

The appeal process is outlined in Regulation 8, Disciplinary Regulations for Students.

You can appeal on one or more of the following groups:

  • That there was procedural error in the conduct of the investigation of such a nature as to cause doubt as to the determination reached;

  • That new evidence has been made available which the Respondent could not reasonably have provided during the investigatory process;

  • That there was bias during the procedure of such a nature as to cause doubt as to the determination reached;

  • That the sanction imposed was disproportionate.

You must appeal within 14 calendar days of recieving the outcome of your Disciplinary Case.

What will the University do with my appeal?

Appealing against a decision of the Director of Student Services

If you are appealing against a decision of the Director of Student Services, you appeal case including any supporting evidence will be considered by two Pro-Vice-Chancellors, or delegated authorities, who are independent of the case and have not been involved in any previous stage of the Disciplinary Procedure. They will consider the Appeal Case and decide on an appropriate response. They can either decide to:

  • Dismiss the appeal on the grounds of not meeting the appeal criteria

  • Uphold the Appeal and amend the outcome/sanctions as appropriate;

  • Refer the case to the Senate Appeals Committee.

More information on this process can be found in Regulation 8.25.

Appealing against a decision of a Disciplinary Committee Hearing

If there is found to be grounds for appeal and you are appealing against a decision of a Disciplinary Committee, your appeal case and any supporting evidence will be referred to the Senate Appeals Committtee.

Members of this Committee will be independent of the case and have not been involved in any previous stage of the Disciplinary Procedure. They will meet to consider the appeals case, and you may be invited to to provide a verbal or written statement and answer questions from the Committee. They can either decide to:

  • Reject the appeal case, confirming the original outcome and sanctions;

  • Uphold the appeal case, and amend the outcome or sanctions appropriately;

  • To conduct additional investigative activities of new evidence, up to and including a re-hearing of the original allegation. In this instance, the Senate Appeals Committee will take the role of the Disciplinary Committee.

More information on this process can be found in Regulation 8.45.

Appealing against expulsion from the University

If you have been expelled from the University following a decision by Senate, you may appeal to the Council Appeals Committee, the procedure for which is set out in Section 20 of the Standing Orders of Council.

What if I am still unhappy with the decision?

If you are unhappy with the decisions made in relation to your appeal case - either the decision to dismiss your appeal, or the outcome of your appeal - you can submit a complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

More information on how to do this will be found in your letter and on the OIA website.