All members of the University's staff are expected to conduct themselves in a manner befitting their position and status as a member of the University community and to carry out their duties and responsibilities efficiently and promptly. It is impossible to lay down detailed regulations for every occasion. Most members of staff carry out their duties and responsibilities in accordance with common sense and a sure knowledge of the difference between proper and improper conduct, but it may be helpful to provide examples of breaches of discipline that could lead to action resulting in dismissal, either summary or with notice, after due process under the University's Disciplinary Procedures. Less serious instances of the examples given below may lead to action at an earlier stage of the procedures.
Examples of Offences That May Involve Gross Misconduct
- Inability to perform the duties or to comply with the conditions of office.
- Wilful neglect of performance of duties.
- Persistent refusal to comply with reasonable instructions from the Head of Department or nominated representative.
- Incapacity to perform duties of the post due to drunkenness or unauthorised drug taking.
- Irresponsible conduct of a type likely to endanger the health & safety of self or others.
- Harassment or Victimisation.
- Theft or unauthorised possession of property belonging to the University, or to members of the University community or to any visitors to the University.
- Deliberate falsification of University records or other official documents, including abuse of timekeeping procedures.
- Wilful damage to University property or to that of any member of the University community or of any visitor to the University.
- The threat or use of physical violence (other than the minimum restraint necessary in the course of duty) against any member of the University community or any other person present within the University's precincts.
- A breach of any matter formally classified by the proper University Authorities as Restricted.
- A breach of any any formal University procedures, for example the Electronic Informations Systems: Security Policy.
It should be noted that these are University Guidelines and have not been agreed with the recognised Trade Unions on campus.