Applicant and Student Criminal Convictions Disclosure Policy
The Applicant and Student Criminal Conviction policy sets out the requirements for students with unspent criminal convictions in order to assess whether individuals may be admitted to the University.
The University's position on the disclosure of criminal convictions by applicants and students is different for students applying for and registered on
a. programmes regulated by Professional Statutory or Regulatory Bodies, and
b. all other programmes.
Due to the fitness to practice requirements relating to the programmes regulated by Professional Statutory or Regulatory Bodies, all applicants and students are required to disclose any criminal conviction, spent or unspent.
No applicant or student will be automatically excluded from the University on the grounds that a criminal conviction, charge or conditional discharge has been declared. For applicants, a Criminal Convictions Panel will consider the suitability of the applicant for the programme they have applied to study and whether any conditions should be put in place. For existing students, consideration will be given in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Regulations and the Fitness to Practise Procedures.
All applicants and students for all other prorammes are not specifically required, except as may otherwise be required by law, to disclose any criminal convictions. If students wish to they may disclose details relating to any past convictions and experienced staff will work with the person making the disclosure to put any necessary support in place. Disclosure can be made to anyone in a pastoral role at the University including, but not limited to admissions officers, the Counselling Service, personal academic tutors, study coaches, disability advisors, international advisors or the student life team.