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Disciplinary Procedure

Purpose

The purpose of this procedure is to inform staff and students of the procedure that will be followed in the event of a serious breach of College rules/student code of conduct.

Scope/to whom it applies

This procedure applies to all staff, but primarily to the Principal, Deputy Principal and Course Directors.

Disciplinary Procedure Stages

  • Where a student’s conduct or standard of performance is called into question, the Course Director will arrange for the matter to be investigated.
  •  The student will have the opportunity to state his or her case.
  • If, following the preliminary investigation, the Course Director considers that disciplinary action is necessary, they shall arrange for this to be undertaken in accordance with the following procedures.
  • The issue will be escalated to the appropriate stage as described below. It is not necessary to work sequentially through the stages if the perceived seriousness of the case suggests immediate elevation to a specific stage.
  • Where it is alleged or suspected that a student has committed an act of gross/serious misconduct, the Principal (or in her/his absence, the Deputy Principal) will be informed and they will decide upon the need for the immediate suspension of the student whilst the alleged offence is investigated and/or pending the disciplinary hearing.

Stage One – Formal Verbal Warning

  • The Course Director may issue a formal verbal warning. The formal warning will advise the student of the reasons for the warning, of the seriousness of the issue and the possible consequences if there is no improvement or if an offence is repeated.
  • A disciplinary warning will be considered to have expired after the time limit imposed has passed provided that the behaviour has been satisfactory and no further warnings have been issued and no disciplinary action has been taken against the student during that period.
  • A review period will be established during which the behaviour will be monitored.

 Stage Two – Formal Written Warning

  • If the offence is considered to be more serious, or if there has been further failure to conform to the required standards following an verbal warning, the Course Director in consultation with the Principal may issue a formal written warning. The formal warning will advise the student of the reasons for the warning, of the seriousness of the issue and the possible consequences if there is no improvement or if an offence is repeated.
  • The student will be notified in writing, when the warning is given, of the time limit imposed.
  • A review period will be established during which the behaviour will be monitored.

Stage Three – Final Written Warning

  • If the offence is considered to be more serious, or if there has been further failure to conform to the required standards following earlier warnings, the Principal may issue a final written warning on the advice of a sub-committee. This sub-committee will be made up of the Deputy Principal, an Assistant Principal and the Course Director. The final warning will advise the student of the reasons for the warning, of the gravity of the situation and the appropriate disciplinary action (for example suspension or expulsion) if there is no improvement or if an offence is repeated.
  • The student will be notified in writing, when the final warning is given, of the time limit imposed, which will not exceed one year other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • A review period will be established during which the behaviour will be monitored.

Stage Four – Expulsion

  • Expulsion is a very serious step. Only the CSN Board of Management is empowered to permanently exclude a student.