Allegations of student misconduct and discipline are governed by Statute 17 (Student Discipline) together with the associated Regulations for Student Conduct and Discipline and Policy on Academic Conduct, Ethical Scholarship, Academic Literacy and Academic Misconduct.
Student conduct and ethical scholarship
Conduct includes academic, professional, personal and interpersonal behaviour and matters of compliance with UWA directives when on University land or during University activities. Examples of misconduct and inappropriate behaviour are given in Statute 17 and Schedule 1 of its Regulations for Student Conduct and Discipline, where definitions and processes for handling such matters can be found. To assist students, each faculty has a designated academic conduct adviser and Academic Conduct Essentials (ACE) is a required unit of study, available online, that introduces the basics of ethical scholarship and the expectations of correct academic conduct at UWA.
When an allegation of misconduct is made (such as if a relevant matter of concern is raised by a student, staff or community member) a process of complaint, investigation and appeal may occur, and consequences of misconduct can include appropriate discipline, penalty, suspension or expulsion. Support services are available for students involved in such processes.
Within the context of UWA’s mission and core values, its Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities sets out the fundamental rights and responsibilities of students and their organisations at UWA. The University recognises the importance of student rights, responsibilities and opinion and encourages diversity within the student body. Students retain their fundamental rights as set out in relevant legislation and in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. Breaches of student responsibility do not automatically invalidate student rights. Consideration of student rights and responsibilities will be dealt with through the appropriate University policies and procedures.
Submitting a complaint
Consistent with its aim to provide a high-quality support, security and service to every student within the principles of the University’s Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities, UWA provides policies and procedures that enable students to lodge a complaint. Before submitting complaints, students should usually talk to the person or people concerned and consider the information provided by the Complaint Resolution Unit (CRU). This includes links to a number of staff and associated organisations who can provide information, advice and support to students making a complaint or who have had a complaint made against them. The CRU also provides a central contact point to receive and appropriately refer complaints.