Congregation

  • Thursday 12 May 2011
  • NO. 4952
  • VOL. 141

Congregation7 June

2 p.m.

¶ Members of Congregation are reminded that any two members may, not later than noon on Monday, 30 May, give notice in writing to the Registrar that they intend to oppose the legislative proposal below (see the note on the conduct of business in Congregation below). If no such notice has been given, and unless Council has declared otherwise, the legislative proposal shall be carried, and the meeting may be cancelled.

Voting on Legislative Proposal: Statute XI: University Discipline

Explanatory Note

The following Legislative Proposal, submitted by Council under Part 2 of Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (Supplement (1) to Gazette No. 4633, 9 October 2002, Vol. 133, p. 161, as amended on 12 October 2004, 7 March 2006 and 14 October 2008 (Gazette, Vol. 135, p. 214; Vol. 137, p. 669; Vol. 139, pp. 4–8) and the changes in regulations on p. 596 implement three of seven recommendations made by the Working Group to Review University Disciplinary Procedures, constituted to assess the University's disciplinary legislation and the operation of its disciplinary procedures following receipt of a report from the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. The recommendations have been endorsed by the Education Committee of Council. The amendments to Statute XI:

(i) establish that a case cannot be brought by the Proctors to the Student Disciplinary Panel more than six months after the date of the first interview without the permission of the chairman or vice-chairman of the Student Disciplinary Panel; and that it is within the discretion of the chairman or vice-chairman to allow a hearing to proceed where the Proctors establish good reasons for a delay beyond the six months; and

(ii) permit an external senior legally-qualified academic (i.e. from a University Law Faculty other than Oxford) to serve as a chairman of the Student Appeal Panel.

The opportunity has also been taken to remove an incorrect cross-reference.

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend Statute XI concerning University discipline, THE UNIVERSITY ENACTS AS FOLLOWS.

1 In Statute XI concerning University discipline (approved by Congregation on 16 June 2009 with effect from 1 October 2009, Gazette, Vol. 139, p. 1272, 18 June 2009), delete section 9 and substitute (new text underlined, deleted text scored through):

'9. (1) The function of the Student Disciplinary Panel shall be to hear and determine, in accordance with procedure set out in regulations made under section 20 of this statute, complaints allegations made to it by the Proctors that a student member has committed a breach of the provisions of section 2 or 3 of this statute, and appeals against decisions under sections 23 (2) and 36 (2) and 41 (4) of this statute.

(2) No complaint made by the Proctors shall be heard by the Student Disciplinary Panel more than six months after the date of the first interview unless the Chairman or Vice-Chairman sitting on that occasion decides at his or her discretion to allow the complaint to be heard on the grounds that there is good cause for the delay.'

2 Ibid., delete section 14 (1) and substitute:

'14. (1) The Student Appeal Panel shall consist of three persons appointed by the High Steward, who shall be external persons who hold a legal qualification and have are barristers or solicitors of at least eight years' standing or persons who have judicial experience or experience which makes them suitable for appointment and shall not be members of Congregation.'

3 This statute shall be effective from 1 October 2011.

Congregation16 June

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Details are in 'Elections' section below.

Note on procedures in Congregation

¶ Business in Congregation is conducted in accordance with Congregation Regulations 2 of 2002 (www.admin.ox.ac.uk/statutes/regulations/529-122.shtml). A printout of these regulations, or of any statute or other regulations, is available from the Council Secretariat on request. A member of Congregation seeking advice on questions relating to its procedures, other than elections, should contact Miss S. Cowburn at the University Offices, Wellington Square (telephone: (2)70193; email: sarah.cowburn@admin.ox.ac.uk); questions relating to elections should be directed to the Elections Officer, Ms S.L. Stacey (telephone: (2)80463, email: elections.office@ox.ac.uk).