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CONGREGATION 18 May 2004 2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that written notice of any intention to vote against, or to propose an amendment to, the legislative proposal below, signed by at least two members of Congregation, must be given to the Registrar by noon on Monday, 10 May 2004.

Voting on Legislative Proposal: Proctors' Disciplinary Powers

The following legislative proposal, submitted by Council under Part 2 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2001, p. 161), which is promoted on the recommendation of the Proctors, empowers the Proctors and other duly authorised persons to levy on the spot fines on student members, with the aim of discouraging unacceptable behaviour after examinations.

WHEREAS it is expedient to discourage unacceptable behaviour by student members, particularly after examinations, NOW THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD, in exercise of the powers in that behalf conferred upon it by the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act, 1923, and of all other powers enabling it, enacts as follows.

In Statute XI (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, and amended with effect from 21 January 2003 (Gazette, Vol. 133, p. 633, 23 January 2003):

1 Delete section 10 and substitute: `10. The function of the Court of Summary Jurisdiction shall be to hear and determine, in accordance with procedure set out in regulations made under section 29 of this statute, complaints made to it by the Proctors that a student member has committed a breach of the provisions of section 2, 6, or 7 of this statute, appeals against immediate fines imposed under section 32 (3) of this statute, and applications made by the Proctors under sections 42 (1) and 46 (3) of this statute.'

2 After section 32 (2) insert:

`(3) If a Proctor or any member of the university staff who is authorised by the Proctors for the purposes of this sub-section has reasonable grounds for believing that a student member has committed a breach of the Regulations of the Rules Committee relating to behaviour after examinations he or she may impose a fine on that student member (called `an immediate fine') immediately on becoming aware of the breach in question. (4) The procedure to be followed in the imposition of immediate fines, the amount of the fine, and a student member's right of appeal from an immediate fine shall be prescribed in regulations.'

3 Delete section 45 (1) and substitute:

`45. (1) Where a fine is imposed upon a student member, or an order is made requiring a student member to pay compensation, under the provisions of this statute, the fine or compensation shall be paid within seven days (or two days, in the case of fines imposed under section 32 (1)) whether or not an appeal is pending, unless the person or body which imposed the fine or compensation, or the Court to which any appeal is made, makes an order, in accordance with procedure set out in regulations made under section 29 of this statute, suspending or deferring payment.'

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