Sexual misconduct guidelines further criticised

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The Grace on sexual misconduct, which was first proposed last year and delayed over concerns for rights of the accused, has received further criticism. 

According to the University Reporter, Mr R. E. Shah, from the Faculty of Law, told the Deputy Vice-Chancellor that it would be "very problematic" if the University further pursues disciplinary action once the Police have dropped investigations. 

The Police could decide not to prosecute based on "CCTV images, medical reports, and information obtained in the course of another investigation" which the University does not have access to, he argued. 

The Special Ordinance also does not "contain adequate safeguards" because currently the Academic Secretary would be able to suspend the accused from their studies or ban them from University buildings even when they have not been found guilty. 

Mr Shah also raised the concern that banning certain students from their studies could lead to "adverse legal action" against the University if a student's payment for their visa was complicated by this without proof of their guilt. 

"The aims of the Report are undoubtedly good ones but I fear that as it stands they have not been properly executed". He suggested an Academic Secretary should have to state the "evidential basis" they have for bringing disciplinary measures against a student. 

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