Allegations of misconduct during COVID-19

Allegations of misconduct during COVID-19

What is an allegation of misconduct?

Student misconduct is when you allegedly breach a UTS Rule and your actions are considered 'misconduct'. The misconduct can be academic or non-academic. Misconduct includes, but not limited to: cheating, plagiarism, fraud, inappropriate behaviour, harassment and bullying.

Are allegations of misconduct being distributed during COVID-19?

Yes, letters of allegations of misconduct will continue to be distributed via your student email account. It is necessary to continue with all University processes and procedures, in order to successfully progress with your course requirements.

What should I do if I receive an allegation of misconduct?

As we would normally advise, we encourage all students to make an appointment with UTSSA Advocacy Service to meet with an experienced caseworker to discuss their matter and be provided with professional advice.

How will these meetings occur? I am anxious to meet face to face due to COVID-19.

In order to protect your health, and the health of our staff, all appointments will be conducted via phone or the teleconference platform Zoom, alongside email correspondence.

Will I have to attend any meetings with the University?

Pending on whether you admit to or deny the allegation, or pending on the severity of the allegation, you may be required to attend a University Student Conduct Committee (USCC) hearing. Until further notice, these hearings will occur via phone or Zoom.

Will caseworker be able to support me throughout the hearing?

Your caseworker will be able to support you every step of the way, if you wish for them to do so. Caseworkers will advise you the best course of action, assist you with your response, prepare you for your hearing, attend the hearing as a support person and debrief with you once the hearing has been finalised.