7.2 DISCIPLINE PROVISIONS
7.2.1 Action to Address Misconduct or Serious Misconduct Principles
184.108.40.206 The provisions of this clause are a complete code to address possible misconduct or serious misconduct. The provisions do not apply to casual staff or during a staff member’s minimum period of employment.
220.127.116.11 The provisions of this clause in no way restrict the University from carrying out investigations relating to the consequences of conduct of a staff member or former staff member when required to do so in the public interest.
18.104.22.168 The University may instigate an investigative process that might give rise to disciplinary action for misconduct or serious misconduct where it appears that a staff member may have committed a breach of the law or a serious breach of a University policy.
22.214.171.124 Nothing in this Agreement prevents a Member of the Executive or Senior Executive, or the Vice-Chancellor and President from referring a question of possible misconduct or serious misconduct to a supervisor for appropriate action or from undertaking an enquiry into a staff member’s behaviour.
126.96.36.199 Throughout the proceedings associated with misconduct or serious misconduct, a staff member may choose to be assisted by a person of their choice, provided that person is not a practising barrister or solicitor.
188.8.131.52 Proceedings associated with misconduct or serious misconduct will be conducted in line with natural justice and procedural fairness.
184.108.40.206 The Vice-Chancellor and President may at any time suspend a professional staff member with pay, or an academic staff member with or without pay, if the Vice-Chancellor and President is of the view that the alleged conduct amounts to conduct of a kind envisaged in Regulation 1.07 of the Fair Work Act Regulations 2009, so that it would be unreasonable to continue the staff member’s attendance at work pending further investigation.
220.127.116.11 The management of misconduct/serious misconduct will be in accordance with the University Misconduct and Serious Misconduct Policy and Procedures.
7.2.2 Misconduct and Serious Misconduct
18.104.22.168 If an allegation of misconduct or serious misconduct (as defined in clause 1.3) is made, the staff member will be:
a) advised in writing of the alleged misconduct or serious misconduct, including details of the allegations and whether they are considered to be serious misconduct; and
b) given a reasonable opportunity to be heard and/or to make written submissions, within 10 working days, in relation to the allegations.
22.214.171.124 If the staff member admits to the allegations, and if appropriate in the University’s view, the University may give the staff member a reasonable opportunity to improve their conduct, otherwise the matter will be considered by the Vice-Chancellor and President under clause 7.2.4.
7.2.3 Suspension and additional allegations
126.96.36.199 Where an allegation of serious misconduct has been made against a staff member, the Vice-Chancellor and President, may, at any stage during the procedures under this clause, suspend a professional staff member with pay, or an academic staff member with or without pay, until the conclusion of the matter provided that:
(i) with the approval of the Director, Human Resources, the staff member may draw on any accrued entitlement to recreation leave or long service leave, for the duration of the suspension without pay;
(ii) the Director, Human Resources any at any time direct that salary be paid in part or in full, on the grounds of hardship for the period of suspension or a part period;
(iii) the Vice-Chancellor and President, may at any time reconsider the issue of the suspension of the staff member.
188.8.131.52 While suspended, the staff member will be excluded from the University or any identified parts of the University, but will be permitted reasonable access to the University including electronic records to prepare their case and to collect personal property.
184.108.40.206 If at any stage during the procedures under this clause, it is found that the allegation(s) should be amended or new allegations added, or the allegation(s) contain additional elements which amount to serious misconduct, the staff member must be advised of this in writing and be given a further reasonable opportunity to be heard and to make written submissions prior to any further steps being taken by the University.
220.127.116.11 The Vice-Chancellor and President will consider the allegation(s) and the staff member’s response.
18.104.22.168 The Vice-Chancellor and President may seek additional information prior to making their decision if it is considered necessary.
22.214.171.124 The Vice Chancellor and President may determine that allegation(s) of serious misconduct amount only to misconduct.
126.96.36.199 The Vice-Chancellor and President will advise the staff member in writing of their decision as to whether there was misconduct and or/ serious misconduct. If there was misconduct and/or serious misconduct, the Vice-Chancellor and President will notify the staff member of their decision, any disciplinary action and of the operative date of that disciplinary action.
188.8.131.52 The staff member’s employment may be terminated without notice (or payment in lieu) if they have engaged in serious misconduct. If the Vice-Chancellor’s decision is to terminate for serious misconduct without notice, the decision will take effect at the end of ten (10) working days after notification under clause 184.108.40.206, or if the staff member seeks a review in accordance with clause 7.2.5 and the original decision is confirmed under clause 220.127.116.11 will take effect at that time.
18.104.22.168 If the Vice-Chancellor and President determines that no disciplinary action will be taken and the staff member has been suspended under clause 22.214.171.124, the staff member will be reinstated at no loss of salary of conditions.
126.96.36.199 Except where the staff member seeks a review in accordance with clause 7.2.5 of a decision to terminate or demote, the Vice-Chancellor and President’s decision under clause 188.8.131.52 is final, subject to the jurisdiction of any court or tribunal which, but for this clause, would have jurisdiction to deal with the matter.
7.2.5 Review of Decision – Termination of Employment or Demotion
184.108.40.206 If a decision made under 220.127.116.11 is a decision to terminate the employment of a staff member or to demote, a staff member may seek review of the decision of the Vice-Chancellor and President within ten (10) working days of the staff member receiving notice of the decision.
In order to request a review, a staff member must provide the Director, Human Resources, with the following materials at the time the request is lodged:
(i) the basis for requesting the review;
(ii) any written submissions supporting the request for review;
(iii) any documentary evidence that the staff member relies on in respect of (i) and (ii).
7.2.6 Independent Review
18.104.22.168 If the staff member seeks a review in accordance with clause 7.2.5 the Director, Human Resources will engage an Independent Reviewer within ten (10) working days and provide the reviewer with the request for review and materials. The Independent Reviewer is to be agreed between the University and the NTEU or CPSU NSW as appropriate.
22.214.171.124 The University will provide the Independent Reviewer with its submissions and any supporting materials within ten (10) working days of the request for review.
126.96.36.199 The Independent Reviewer will report their findings and recommendations to the staff member and the Vice-Chancellor and President or Director, Human Resources, outlining:
a) whether there is, overall, sufficient evidence to support a finding of misconduct/serious misconduct (in the case of review of decisions under clause 7.2.5);
b) whether there has been a substantial flaw in following the procedures of this clause; and
c) make a recommendation(s) (if any) about disciplinary action in light of the matters outlined in (a) and (b).
188.8.131.52 The Independent Reviewer will consider material provided in accordance with clause 184.108.40.206. The Independent Reviewer may seek additional information if the Independent Reviewer considers that this is necessary.
220.127.116.11 The Independent Reviewer will provide their report within ten (10) working days of receiving the University’s submissions to the Vice-Chancellor and President or Director of Human Resources of the matters in the clause.
18.104.22.168 The Director, Human Resources, will not unreasonably refuse a request from the Independent Reviewer for an extension of time of up to ten (10) working days.
7.2.7 Further consideration of termination or demotion decision
22.214.171.124 The Vice-Chancellor and President having considered the Independent Reviewer’s report, may confirm the original decision or may reconsider the preliminary decision and determine what, if any, disciplinary action should be taken. The Vice-Chancellor and President may seek additional information if the Vice-Chancellor and President considers that this is necessary.
126.96.36.199 The Vice-Chancellor and President will then advise the staff member’s supervisor or relevant member of the Executive and the staff member in writing of the decision.
188.8.131.52 Where the original decision was to terminate the staff member’s employment and this is confirmed, the notice period (if any) (or payment in lieu) will then apply from the written notification in clause 184.108.40.206.
220.127.116.11 The decision of the Vice-Chancellor and President will be final, subject to the jurisdiction of any court of tribunal which, but for this clause, would have jurisdiction to deal with the matter.
7.2.8 Notice Periods in Relation to Serious Misconduct
18.104.22.168 Where, in accordance with provisions of this clause, the Vice-Chancellor and President has confirmed a decision to terminate the employment of a staff member, notice or payment in lieu will be as provided in accordance with this clause. The staff member will receive the minimum period of notice, or payment in lieu of notice, of their last day of employment as outlined below:
P eriod of Continuous Service at the end of the day notice is given
Period of Notice
less than 3 years
At least 2 weeks
3 years but less than 5 years
At least 3 weeks
5 years or over
At least 4 weeks
Over 45 years and greater than 2 years continuous service
Plus one additional week to the above
22.214.171.124 Payment instead of notice will be made if the University does not require the person to work out the notice period. Where the staff member is only required to work part of the notice period, the University will pay out the remainder of the notice period.
126.96.36.199 Any payments in lieu of notice will be based on the staff member’s substantive salary at the date of cessation of employment.
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