The University of York has a duty of care to all its students and is keen to support any student who has been accused of misconduct without prejudice. The allegation could be made informally to you by another student or you could be officially notified by either the University or the police. People react and deal with accusations of misconduct in different ways and we appreciate that any allegations of inappropriate behaviour can have a distressing impact on you.

Steps to take if  you have been accused of misconduct

  • Firstly, remain calm. It is important to react appropriately regardless of the foundation of the allegation and let due process take its course.
  • Secondly, share the circumstances with someone you trust. While this is never easy, it is important you do not try to deal with it by yourself and consider sharing with a friend, a family member, or a member of staff you trust within the University. 
  • Seek support through your College Team, they will be able to offer you support throughout the whole process. Also the Open Door Team can provide specialist mental health support if you feel the need. You can also read more about support for your mental wellbeing.
  • Seek advice through the Student Hub, the first point of contact for areas relating to student support and advice. They will be able to point you in the right direction with regards to which service may be suitable to your needs. 
If you would prefer to speak to someone outside of the University, YUSU’s Advice and Support Centre (for undergraduates) or the GSA Advice Service (for postgraduates) can provide free, independent and confidential advice and support to you. They will treat you with respect and sensitivity, and you will be under no pressure to make any form of report. The Advisers can talk you through your options, and support you in any action you decide to take. This can include guiding you through the reporting form, explaining the process and procedures, and accompanying you to any meetings. 
All your information will be treated in a respectful and sensitive manner by all of the people mentioned above and we will help you gain access to support and resources. 

You may also wish to seek legal advice from an independent source if you have been contacted by the police.
Also, under the University's Regulation 7.1(p) you have a duty to notify the Academic Registrar if you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence.
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