This stage will apply where there has been an extremely serious breach of the College Rules, including: -
- Racial, sexual or other harassment
- Alcohol abuse
- Possession/Use of illegal drugs
- Violent behaviour
- Serious incidents of plagiarism
- Possession of a knife or any other item that could be considered to be an offensive weapon
- Carrying out unsafe practices
This list is not exhaustive.
This stage would also apply where previous stages of the disciplinary measures have been applied without an acceptable improvement in behaviour.
A recommendation to exclude the learner may be the outcome of a disciplinary review meeting when a learner is already in receipt of a final written warning.
It may also involve an immediate, official exclusion from College. This exclusion can only be issued by a Vice Principal.
An Exclusion Review meeting will be organised by the College. Where possible it will comprise of a Vice Principal or their nominee, Head of Faculty or their representative, Faculty Team Manager and the Team Manager Learner Engagement. The Personal Coach/Tutor may also be invited to attend. Parents / Guardians may be invited to attend the review if appropriate. The Learner may opt for SU representation.
The Exclusion Review meeting will be chaired by the Vice Principal or the nominee. At this meeting the Head of Faculty or their representative or the Team Manager Learner Engagement will present the case for the recommendation to exclude. The learner will also have the opportunity to state their case against the exclusion recommendation.
As a result of this review, the Vice Principal or their nominee will decide whether the learner shall be permanently excluded from College.
The College has the right to proceed with the Exclusion Review meeting in the learner's absence if no adequate reason for the learner's absence at the Exclusion Review meeting is provided.
The exclusion will be recorded and will be confirmed in writing to the learner's home address with a copy to the Parents/Guardians if the learner is under 18 years of age, or to the employer if they are funding or supporting the learner's course. The letter will clearly set out the reason for issuing the exclusion.
The letter confirming the exclusion will also include a copy of the College's Managing Learner Behaviour and Discipline Policy and Procedures. It will be the responsibility of the learner to appeal against the exclusion, in writing to the Vice Principal Learner Journey.
Previous College records covering serious misconduct will result in a restriction notice being placed on a Learner's EBS record. This will refer the learner to an interview with the Vice Principal Learner Journey or their representatives responsible for discipline. This must take place prior to possible re-enrolment; this restriction notice will normally be removed after 3 years.