Statement on disciplinary procedures

The University has a rigorous disciplinary process. Peaceful protest is not a disciplinary offence and the University does not invoke disciplinary procedures lightly.

The University invoked its disciplinary procedures during the last academic year following significant disruption to teaching and research, leading to the suspension of two students in the interests of the 28,000 students and 6,000 staff at the University.

Universities are places of free speech and we respect the rights of students and staff to protest peacefully and within the law. This is clearly outlined in our Freedom of Speech Code of Practice. However, staff and students also have a right to go about their daily business without facing intimidation and disorder by a very small minority of people whose actions disrupt the education of others.

The University has a duty of care to its staff and students and will not tolerate behaviour that causes intimidation, harm to individuals, damage to property, or significant disruption to our University community.