Student Disciplinary Procedure

Purpose

To provide a fair and effective mechanism for the investigation and resolution of a student’s alleged violations of the KMUC Student Code of Conduct.

A student is defined as an existing student on campus, or a student who was a student on campus during the occurrence of the violation of the KMUC Student Code of Conduct.

The Student Code of Conduct is modelled on the core values of Kaplan:

Procedures

Any member (lecturer, staff, student) on campus or member of the public may bring a complaint about a student’s violation of the Kaplan Student Code of Conduct to the respective Programme Management (PM) Office.

The PM staff who receives the complaint will give written notice of the complaint and its allegations of the student having violated the KMUC Student Code of Conduct to the Principal. For academic-related offenses, the first point of reference is to the relevant Academic policies found in the partner’s academic misconduct policy.

In all cases an investigation will take place, and the student complained about may or may not need to attend a disciplinary interview. At least 2 staff should be present at the interview, and one of the staff should preferably be of the same gender as the student. Failure of the student to attend the interview may result in a decision made in the student’s absence.

Further misconduct after a warning has been issued may result in expulsion and exclusion from studies with KMUC. Under such circumstances, there is no form of refund to the student.

All reasonable care will be taken to protect the student’s legal rights and freedom and to ensure that the student’s parent/guardian is informed as soon as reasonably practicable after it becomes clear that the student may face formal disciplinary action for students below the age of 18 and if necessary, for students aged 18 years old and above.

Possible consequences resulting from the violation of the KMUC Student Code of Conduct could be:

  • Verbal warning
  • Written warning
  • Fine or restitution
  • Searching of locker or personal belongings
  • Grade penalties (for academic misconduct)
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Withdrawal of privileges
  • Suspension, indefinite suspension and expulsion

Where it is believed that the student has committed a criminal offence, KMUC may refer the matter to the police and the student may be suspended while pending the outcome of police enquiries.

Any KMUC disciplinary action related to alleged criminal offences will be based on reasonable belief.

Where the student is still dissatisfied with the result of the appeal, reference can be made to the Dispute Resolution Policy for the next course of possible action.

At any stage, KMUC reserves the right to inform the relevant government authority(s) where necessary.

Course Termination due to Expulsion

Expulsion of a student is a very serious step, and should be taken only in the severe cases of violation of Student Code of Conduct. Expulsion should be a proportionate response after the case is thoroughly investigated and it has to be approved by either the Provost or Principal of KMUC.

Reasons for Course Termination due to Expulsion would include:

  • Violation of the KMUC Student Code of Conduct
  • Breaking of government regulations
  • Expulsion by university partner
  • Academic misconduct
  • Other reasons arising from KMUC’s student policies Expulsion is categorized according to:
  • Irrevocable Expulsion
  • Expulsion with Opportunity of Readmission
  • Expulsion with No Opportunity of Readmission

Irrevocable Expulsion

Students who are expelled due to the breaking of KMUC regulations and Law of Myanmar Nation. For this category there is no chance of appeal for students.

Should there be a case where the student himself gets acquitted by the relevant authorities and produces written evidence of this, the student may resume his studies or re- enrol, depending on the time lapse. Should such situations arise, the student should submit all supporting documentation to the programme management concerned and KMUC will then work with the student on his resumption of studies, subject to the various student policies and university policies where applicable.

Expulsion with Opportunity of Readmission

Expulsion with No Opportunity of Readmission

For the above, a student would be given the opportunity of appeal following expulsion. A student under these categories may appeal to the Program Management in writing within 14 days stating any ground of appeal.

In the case of readmission for (2), a student would submit a fresh application if he wishes to be readmitted and this would be treated as a fresh application.

Pending a decision on any appeal, a student who has been expelled is to comply with the order of expulsion.

The categorization of an expulsion under category 2 or 3 is recommended by the relevant programme/School’s Management i.e.:

  • Head of School, Principal
  • Program Management

A student’s expulsion and any appeal for categories 2 or 3 has to be recommended by the relevant programme/School’s Management member and ultimately approved by either of the following:

  • Provost, and in his absence,
  • Principal

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