Disciplinary misdemeanours and sanctions

Disciplinary misdemeanours and applicable sanctions are defined in sections 64 to 67 of the Higher Education Act.

Starting 1 September 2022, common Student Disciplinary Code of Masaryk University came into effect. Each faculty also adheres to its own disciplinary code which further codifies faculty-specific proceedings.

See below for an overview of faculty disciplinary codes:

Faculty disciplinary codes

In accordance with general legal regulations, a disciplinary misdemeanour is defined as a caused infringement of one’s duties stipulated in applicable legal regulations, i.e. the Higher Education Act, internal MU regulations or internal faculty rules and regulations.

A misdemeanour may constitute, in particular, any of the following:

  • cheating in the performance of study obligations, or an attempt to do so,
  • plagiarism, i.e. using content, thoughts or structure of another’s work without proper citation,
  • publishing another's work (or its part) as one's own,
  • helping with cheating or plagiarism,
  • infringement of intellectual property rights owned by MU,
  • violating university computer network policies,
  • engaging in aggressive or disruptive behaviour, such as sexual harassment, physical or psychological violence and acts of racism,
  • misusing or vandalizing MU property,
  • engaging in alcohol or drug use on MU premises,
  • entering MU premises with weapons or other items capable of endangering life or health,
  • default in the payment of a validly assessed tuition fee,
  • damage to MU goodwill and reputation.

This list in by no means to be considered exhaustive; disciplinary misdemeanours include additional types of misconduct including the violation of responsibilities, regulations and prohibitions issued by an authorized university or faculty body.

Sanctions for disciplinary misdemeanours are always imposed on the student by a faculty disciplinary committee. The committee is made up of four to six members, half of whom must be students. The following sanctions may be inflicted for disciplinary misdemeanours: admonition, exclusion from studies on probation and unconditional exclusion from studies.

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