(Original post by Notoriety)
Tigger is well-versed in the code of conduct point. The disrepute provision is the catch-all and is designed to be as broad as possible.
(Original post by 999tigger)
You should contact the students concerned and offer to represent them.
Nobody made anyone sign anything. A student agrees by applying and accpeting the offer of the university.
Back to the original question, then what civil action would that be?
There is the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive. I'm unsure if the Student would be able to apply for this, but technically Universities are businesses and students are consumers. I'm no legal expert but I do know under contract law... and concerning codes of conduct with employee's, they have to be 'fair' and not break legislation. If you were fired for private messages, send in a private space, on a private device, in private time, that resulted in a dismissal from a job, you can actually fight it rather successfully (and many people have).
Yes nobody forced them to sign anything, but they 'had' to sign them to have a place at the university. It's no different to the fact about 80% of terms in tenancy agreements (which is my speciality) are completely unenforceable, despite them being initially written up by solicitors and nobody is forced to sign them either.
I'm not personally aware of any test cases concerning UK university codes of conduct, but it has been in other countries and generally the universities don't come out of it well. Especially if there is no criminal behaviour (whether proven in a civil or criminal court).
Last edited by DanB1991; 2 weeks ago
Not sure why they would want to go back there, faces and names plastered all over. The amount of stick those two are going to get (rightly so) is going to be massive.
The lifetime bans and permanent expulsions were over the top imo
back when i was in secondary school some kid said to a girl he wanted to rape her. The girl made me tell the form tutor [it seems she couldn't get the words out]. The kid who said it ended up getting a stern telling off and that was that. No detention, no expulsion, no news crews, no suspension
ok this was like 20yrs ago, but seeing the amount of trouble these uni folks got in over a private chat just seems ott imo...