Student Conduct

Student Conduct

The Student Code (pdf) sets out what the University expects from students. All students must accept at enrolment their shared responsibility for maintaining a safe, harmonious and tolerant University environment.

Where a student breaches the code, the University may take disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Misconduct Procedures (pdf).

Any student or staff member can raise an allegation of misconduct. All allegations of misconduct are subject to an investigation process. Designated Officers (within Schools, Faculties or Departments), the Student Conduct and Integrity Unit and specifically appointed Investigative Officers have the authority to investigate allegations. 

If an allegation is proven, Appendix B of the Student Misconduct Procedures sets out appropriate penalties. This can range from a formal warning to suspension or exclusion, depending on the severity of misconduct.

Types of misconduct

Learn about what actions or behaviours may constitute misconduct.

Academic misconduct

Academic misconduct can include:

Non-Academic misconduct

Non-academic misconduct may include behaviour which is considered a breach of the Student Code (pdf), such as:

  • failure to treat staff or other students with courtesy, tolerance and respect
  • behaviour that is unlawful, discriminatory, sexually inappropriate, bullying, harassing, invades another's privacy or causes any person to fear for their personal safety

Research misconduct

The University has in place various polices that set out the guidelines with respect to responsible research practices. UNSW has developed the Research Code of Conduct (pdf) to meet the standards set out in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The University has an associated Procedure for Handling Allegations of Research Misconduct (pdf).

Contacts for advice

Discover contacts that can help you with conduct matters.

Student Conduct and Integrity Unit

The Student Conduct and Integrity Unit is available to provide advice and guidance on conduct matters.  

Educational Support Advisors

Educational Support Advisors are available to provide advice on the Student Code and conduct matters.

Student Advocate

For independent advice and advocacy, you can contact: