The incident report form will be passed to the Conduct Investigator for review. All allegations are considered seriously and action will always be taken where it is possible to do so.
Before the investigation begins, an assessment of risk will be undertaken through a formal risk assessment process. This enables decisions to be taken about any temporary orders that may need to be put in place to safeguard students while an investigation is underway. Precautionary measures that could be put in place include non-contact orders between those involved in a complaint or, where this is warranted by the circumstance of a complaint, the temporary exclusion from some or all parts of our campuses of students about whom complaints have been made. Such measures are not used as a penalty and are put in place to safeguard the interests of the members of our community, including those involved in the complaint.
Any party involved in a case may be subject to a temporary order while an investigation is underway. A temporary order may involve a non-contact order, for example between the reported student and complainant, or full or partial exclusion from the University. A partial exclusion may involve exclusion from a University campus at certain times of day, or exclusion from certain specified areas, such as accommodation. The precise terms of the exclusion are determined through the assessment of risk. More information on temporary orders is provided in Appendix 3 of the Code of Student Conduct (.pdf)
The Conduct Investigator may decide to issue an informal warning; use the Early Resolution Procedure; or carry out a formal investigation.
If the Conduct Investigator decides to carry out a formal investigation they will normally arrange a series of formal meetings to discuss the allegation with the person or persons who made the allegation and anyone else who was involved.