Are the SCD members acting as "prefect" in SMU?
No. SCD has no executive power or authority to enforce the disciplinary regime in SMU. The discipline regime is under the auspices of the University of Student Conduct (UCSC), whom Dean of Students Office is currently covering.
The roles of SCD members are:
- to seek to educate and inculcate the CIRCLE values among the school community through various campaigns throughout the semester;
- to serve as a feedback channel for students on any academic as well as as non-academic disciplinary issues.
Please feel free to approach any SCD membr should you have any doubts or grievances.
What do I do if I have a complaint to make?
- If it is an academic issue (Refer to section on Disciplinary Issues to find out more about what constitutes an academic issue), you should raise it to your faculty or the Dean of your school.
- If it is a non-academic issue, you can raise it to Mr. Timothy Hsi, the University Counsellor from the Dean of Students’ Office.
- Further, or in the alternative, you may approach any SCD council members or drop SCD an email.
- Be rest assured that your particulars and complaint/grievance will be kept confidential.
I would like to make a legitimate complaint. However, I do not wish for the respondent to know my identity. Is my confidentiality protected?
- The SCD email is only accessible to the Secretary of SCD who will refer the relevant matters only to the other Council members accordingly. No faculty or staff of the school have access to the email account.
- The Council members understand the importance of trust between the Council and the school population. The Council assures anyone who makes a legitimate complains that his/her particulars will be kept strictly confidential.
How do I know if a certain act has violated the rules?
As a general rule of thumb, if an act violates any law(s) in SIngapore or any provisions in the Code of Student Conduct or Code of Academic Integrity, then it is highly probable that the act violates the rules and the perpetrator will be subjected to disciplinary action(s).
What are the diffent kinds of disciplinary sanctions which the school can take?
The current sanctions available to the UCSC and Disciplinary Hearing Panel are (in order of severity): Warning, Reprimand, Fine, Restitution, Disciplinary probation, Withdrawal of Privileges, Suspension, Indefinite Suspension and Expulsion. In addition, the school may refer any cases which has violated the laws of Singapore to the police.
Is there any recourse for wrongful accusation
Every complaint made against a respondent will be treated seriously and a full investigation will be carried out before charges are made.
- Our stance is that the respondent is innocent until proven guilty and there needs to be substantial compelling evidence to prove that the respondent is guilty before he be subjected to disciplinary action.
- If you are a respondent and feel that you have been wrongly accused, please refer to the Disciplinary Procedures and raise your case to a higher level of authority accordingly.
Who makes up the Disciplinary Hearing Panel?
The Disciplinary Hearing Panel is selected by the Disciplinary Hearing Officer and will comprise of members of the faculty as well as council members from SCD. These faculty and council members have been selected for their esteemed standing within the SMU community and are expected to be impartial and fair throughout the entire disciplinary hearing.
Will the parents of the respondent be informed of any disciplinary investigations held against the child?
We believe that each and every SMU student is a responsible adult and should be entirely accountable for his/her actions. The school will not inform a student’s parents unless he/she is a minor (under 21 years old) and when he/she has attended a disciplinary hearing.
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