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Grievances and disciplinary matters

The relevant procedures for the holders of University offices are as set out in Statutes and Ordinances, in Statute U, Chapter II, III and VI. There are also equivalent procedures in respect of unestablished staff. Details are included with contracts of employment and are available online (see below). Further advice is available from the Human Resources Division.

Detailed information on the University's policies and procedures relating to disciplinary action, grievances and appeals is available online at the web address at the end of this section.


If you feel you are being treated unfairly, first talk to your local administrator or head of institution to see if the problem can be resolved informally. If the problem persists or is very serious, you make wish to make a formal complaint to your head of institution. If your grievance is directed against the head of your institution, you may complain to a more senior officer. You should record instances of the problem as they occur, so that you have documentary evidence to show to the appropriate person.

If you are a member of the AUT (and have been for at least six months) and are experiencing difficulties relating to your employment, you can seek advice from the CAUT President.

Bullying and harassment

If you feel that you have been a victim of bullying or harassment, or are accused of such behaviour, the University has specific guidance on how this is dealt with. For information consult the Advice and instructions on dealing with bullying and harassment available from the Human Resources Division. You may also seek confidential advice from the Staff Welfare Section.

Disciplinary procedures

In cases where the work performance or conduct of an individual member of staff is considered unsatisfactory, it may be necessary for the head of institution to instigate disciplinary action. The relevant procedures must be followed (see above) and the member of staff has the right to be accompanied at any formal hearing and to present their own case.

Specific guidance is available on the acceptable use of computer facilities, email and the Internet, as abuse of these can deal to disciplinary action.

Misconduct in research

Allegations of misconduct in research are rare but the University takes them very seriously. Proven misconduct in research is regarded as serious or gross misconduct or, in the case of officers, as good cause for disciplinary action under Statute U, I, 5 (a) - (c), and will normally merit dismissal. The University is committed to ensuring that allegations of misconduct in research are investigated with all possible thoroughness and vigour.

Details of University policy on this are given in full at the website below.