Policy Academic Governance Appendix 3 Student General Misconduct penalties

Appendix 3 Student General Misconduct penalties

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The table below provides examples of individual misconduct, the nature of misconduct and indicative penalties. Authorised delegates should use these tables as a guide in determining penalties for misconduct, and refer to the following policies:

  • Bullying Discrimination, Harassment and Sexual Misconduct Policy
  • ICT Acceptable Use Policy
  • Social Media Policy
  • Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement Policy




Level 1 Minor

Level 2 Moderate

Level 3 Serious

Impairs freedom to study

Naïve/ first offence


Lack of understanding

Deliberate with wilful intent

Significant impact on others

Interfering with class delivery or other students learning experiences

Second/multiple offence

  • Caution or other precautionary measure
  • Reprimand
  • Warning letter to student
  • Refer student to counselling
  • Student may be required to   undertake activities designed   improve their behaviour
  • Suspension for a defined   period
  • Restrictions to undertake   certain activities on campus or   placements
  • Restrictions on access to campus   and campus services   (including library, ICT, study facilities)
  • Removed from learning environment, potentially   by security
  • Potential loss of privileges   such as email or access to JCU Learn
  • Suspension for a defined   period
  • Exclusion or restrictions to   undertake certain activities on campus or placements for a defined period
  • Restrictions on access to   campus and campus services (including library, ICT, study facilities)
  • Make restitution where practical or pay damages
  • Make restitution financially
  • Suspension from the subject
  • Suspension from the course
  • Cancellation of enrolment
  • Expulsion from the University
  • Withholding of results for a   defined period
  • Restrictions to activities as   deemed necessary
  • Notify professional or legal   authorities
  • Criminal prosecution
  • Remediation action strategy to be undertaken

Contravention of student policies

Significance of the breach

Sabotage/damage to University property



Deliberate with wilful intent

Withholds or falsifies official documents such as medical certificates or other supporting documentation

Status of the document

Fraud/legal documents

Psychological violence or harassment

Mild first offence


Multiple offences of deliberate nature

Physical violence


Intentional not severe

Intentional severe

Verbal abuse or inappropriate language

Mild first offence

Is considered discriminatory or offensive, denigrates, excludes, isolates or humiliates

Multiple offences, unprofessional

Disruption of University activities



Deliberate-high impact which is threatening or violent


Divulging confidential personal information (physically or through social media)



Deliberate-high impact


Failure to follow reasonable and lawful instructions by university staff

Inadvertent/ misunderstanding

Deliberate with wilful intent causing serious disruption

Use of illicit substances on University property

First offence

Multiple offences

Access to restricted areas of the University

Inadvertent/ misunderstanding

Deliberate with wilful intent

Level of benefit derived

Improper use of University equipment or facilities


Ignores safety guidelines in using University facilities and equipment

Deliberate with wilful intent

Failure to comply with penalties imposed

Significance of non-compliance