At an SSDC hearing, your case will be considered by a panel of two senior academics and a student. You will get at least 5 days’ notice of the hearing. It’s important to prepare for a hearing as thoroughly as you can, so contact advice(su) as soon as you know your case has been referred to the SSDC. We can help you to start to prepare for the hearing even before you get a formal notice of when it will take place.
You are entitled to advance notice of the evidence against you, and will receive this when you get notification of the hearing. We can help you prepare a response to that evidence.
The hearing itself could last several hours, and a lot of evidence may be considered. We can talk you through what to expect, and if you wish, arrange to act as your representative at the hearing. That means we can help you to put your case as well as offer you support.
The SSDC has all the powers of the DO, including fines up to £1000 and can also exclude you from your course temporarily or permanently, if it considers that your conduct has been sufficiently serious, or if it finds that you have been dishonest in your defence. The SSDC makes its decisions on the basis of the “balance of probabilities” which means that it does not have to find the allegations are true beyond reasonable doubt – just that it is more likely than not that they are true.
So what should I do if I am called to a disciplinary hearing?
Whatever type of meeting you’ve been invited to, it’s important not to ignore the summons or delay doing anything about it. Make sure you respond to any invitation to a meeting, and if you don’t accept that the allegations against you are true, get some advice.