Disciplinary hearing 2.0

In 2010, ‘the Sussex 6’, were suspended for protesting. In 2013, ‘the Sussex 5’, were suspended for protesting against privatisation and pay cuts in higher education. The evidence given for the suspensions were as ridiculous as ‘encouraging a team of protesters with a megaphone’. Pictures show the suspended students next to many fellow protesters who did
the same but weren’t suspended. This and the fact that, in both cases, some of the suspended students weren’t even present at the events that provoked the suspensions, shows how arbitrary they are.


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After daily demonstrations, a SU Emergency Members Meeting for the Sussex 5 with over 750 students and a tremendous amount of solidarity statements from all over the country the physical bans from campus were lifted. In a disciplinary hearing the Sussex 6 got a huge fine. The Sussex 5 face the same hearing on Friday the 17th of January. They will be heard one by one in an unannounced location for at least 45 minutes each. In the hearing will be Juliette Cule, representative of the Students’ Union; Liz James, head of Senate (which is appointed by management); Geoffrey Robertson, human rights lawyer, defending the students and it will be chaired by Michael Davies, member of management. They are not public and the 5 are not allowed to communicate with each other until they are all over.

The outcome could range from a fine to an expulsion. Even a fine is a violation against the freedom of speech. Sai Englert, one of the Sussex Six says: ‘I always felt a mixture of fear for the future of my studies and that in some way it is a sort of badge of honour’.

Join the solidarity demonstration at 1pm in Library Square on Friday to show mangement that Sussex will not be intimidated by disciplinary action!

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Workers and students at the University of Sussex who are opposed to the plan to privatize 235 jobs.
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6 Responses to Disciplinary hearing 2.0

  1. Dominic Guzman says:

    According to the Regulations on Student Discipline to which all Sussex students sign up, examples of what would normally be regarded as breaches of discipline include:

    “(a) Conduct injurious to the academic or administrative activities of the
    University (e.g. disruption of teaching, of research, of examinations, of
    the working of staff or other campus services);
    (d) Conduct of a kind which may lead to or has led to conviction under the
    criminal law, provided that such conduct affects the interests of the
    University;
    (e) Conduct within or without the University that is disorderly or which
    causes a nuisance (whether or not causing damage) and is seriously
    detrimental to the good order or good name of the University;
    (f) Violent, threatening, intimidating, harassing, abusive conduct, or
    conduct otherwise detrimental to the wellbeing of a student, employee,
    or other member of the University;
    (g) Violent, threatening, intimidating, harassing, abusive conduct or
    conduct otherwise detrimental to the wellbeing of any person, where
    such conduct is seriously detrimental to the good order or good name
    of the University;
    (h) Conduct of a kind which contravenes the principles set out in the
    University’s Health and Safety and Wellbeing policies, including showing
    disregard for one’s own health and safety, disregard for the health and
    safety of others or misusing or interfering with facilities that have a health
    and safety purpose, where such conduct is seriously detrimental to the
    good order or good name of the University;”

    I rest my case

  2. Anonymous says:

    massive factual innaccuracies in first sentence:
    In 2010, ‘the Sussex 6’, were suspended for occupying sussex house, stealing from offices and intimidating staff. In 2013, ‘the Sussex 5’, were suspended for occupying bramber house, which included theft and an assault, and using road blocks on a strike day. The disciplinary hearing is yet to happen. try not to make this a fait accompli for the sake of column inches.

  3. Anonymous says:

    also who is Juliette Cole?
    And is Liz James Head of Senate????? and is senate “appointed by management”???
    oh… my….

  4. Anonymous says:

    I doubt the “sussex 6” got fines of £1000 each

  5. Anonymous says:

    why would a discipline hearing be public?
    Would a staff disciplinary be public?

  6. Anonymous says:

    “mangement”….use the spellchecker you muppets

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