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What to do if you receive a notification of behavioural misconduct

Our team of  Advocate’s offer independent information and advocacy across a range of academic and personal issues. Our advice is free, confidential, and accessible to all UNE students, whether you’re on campus, online, or international, we can help you through a difficult situation such as a notification of behavioural or academic misconduct.

In our blog Appropriate Behaviours: Do’s and Don’ts of Behavioural Conduct we overview the sorts of behaviours that can get you into hot water at UNE.

These behaviours include:

  • Failure to comply with university rules or policies
  • Threatening other students or staff
  • Acts of violence, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination
  • Misuse of any University document, record, or instrument

The above are examples of behavioural misconduct and should be read in conjunction with the UNE Student Behavioural Misconduct Rules.

Other instances when you might be notified of behavioural misconduct could be because of something you may have posted online on email, UNE Moodle forums, social media, or discussion boards.

Allegations of misconduct are sent to students via your student email.

So what should you do if you receive this email?

Reach out to Advocacy & Welfare.

Sometimes you might not be sure what to say or how to respond. Instead, book an appointment with our team at Advocacy & Welfare and we can walk you through the process.

Contact us.

You can contact our team by phone, email, or visiting our office located in the top courtyard across from the UNE Life HQ on campus.

What to bring to the appointment.

When it comes time to your appointment with us, it’s important that you bring along any documentation such as the email notifying misconduct, any other documents you may have received from the Student Grievance Unit (SGU) about your matter, and anything you think will help your case.

What can we do for you?

During the appointment, we will discuss ways you can respond to the allegation which will often require you to respond with an email or to attend a meeting.

Our advocates can join you at the meeting or assist you with your written response, so you are never alone during this process!

Then what?

After you’ve sent the response email or attended a meeting, a decision-maker will get back to you with the outcome. The case may be dismissed or upheld. If the case is upheld, this outcome will often include the penalty you may receive, which could range from a written apology to a major penalty such as expulsion.

After receiving the outcome, you can opt to appeal it through a process – we can help you with this too.

Advocacy & Welfare’s role during a student’s journey with academic and behavioural misconduct is third-party to the Universities role. We’re here to support you and offer advice during what can often be a difficult process. It’s just nice to know that someone is there!

It’s also important to know that there are confidential counselling services for students at UNE which we can also help introduce you to during this process.

If you are unsure of the misconduct guidelines or if you feel as though you have been in a situation that has involved inappropriate online behaviour, please reach out to our team at Advocacy & Welfare. We are here to help!


Our team at Advocacy and Welfare offers independent and confidential support to students! Contact us here.
Student Success has confidential counselling for students, you can find them here.
Lifeline is also a 24/7 hotline and you can call them on 13 11 14

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