Types of misconduct

There are three types of misconduct:

High-risk misconduct refers to concerns that a student may have threatened the safety of the University or of any person.

General misconduct refers to concerns that a student may have:

  • failed to comply with a reasonable request from a member of staff
  • affected the reputation of the University
  • discriminated against another person
  • harassed or intimidated or bullied another person
  • created or used false documents
  • caused property damage
  • committed theft
  • improperly used University facilities
  • hacked or inappropriately accessed computer records
  • breached copyright
  • encouraged other students to behave inappropriately.

Academic misconduct refers to concerns that a student may have cheated by:

  • taking notes or other unauthorised materials into an examination
  • plagiarising the work of another person or student
  • deliberately letting their work be used by another student
  • impersonating another student, or allowing themselves to be impersonated
  • breaching the research code
  • somehow misleading the teacher responsible for an assessment task.


The Student conduct policy describes the values and behaviours expected of all students and staff.

The Student conduct regulations describes the processes that can be used when there are concerns that a student may have behaved inappropriately.

The Student Charter outlines behavioural expectations of RMIT's staff and students in accordance with the institution's core values.

Want to appeal?

Students may appeal against decisions of misconduct made by a senior officer or the Student Conduct Board.

Appeals must be made on one or more of the following reasons:

  • The decision was made because of personal bias or ill-will.
  • There has been a breach of University policy that had a significant impact on the decision.
  • The penalty was unreasonable, disproportionate or inappropriate.
  • There is important new evidence that was not available before.

For further information, please refer to the Appeals webpage.

Going to a hearing?

‘Hearing’ is the word for the formal process used to:

  • decide whether or not a student has committed misconduct; or
  • consider an appeal against a decision or penalty for misconduct.

Students are always entitled to natural justice.

The following guides provide information about the hearing processes:


Resources of the Student Union

Student rights officers provide students with independent advice and advocacy.

Compass provides an information and referral service.

Resources of the University

RMIT Counselling provides students with a safe and confidential way to discuss difficult and personal issues.

RMIT Chaplaincy provides compassionate help and spiritual support for students and staff of all faiths and none.

RMIT Property Services provides students with advice about personal safety.

RMIT Privacy provides students with information and resources about the proper use of personal information, including social media.

Get help

For general queries contact the Student Conduct Secretariat by email at student.conduct@rmit.edu.au or on tel. +61 3 9925 8965 during business hours.

For queries regarding the appeals process, contact the Student Conduct Appeals Secretariat by email at studentconductappeals@rmit.edu.au or on tel. +61 9925 8961 during business hours.