NEU Disciplinary complaint procedure

The document outlines the disciplinary procedure of the NEU including the process for making a complaint, the preliminary review stage, the full hearing, the relaying of the decision, the appeal process, and the application of GDPR. 


The document outlines the disciplinary procedure of the National Education Union (NEU). ​ The procedure is divided into several stages: the initial complaint, preliminary review stage, full hearing, relaying the decision, appeal process, and confidentiality. The NEU Rules Appendix A provides further details on the National Disciplinary Committee and National Appeals Committee, including their composition and powers. ​ The NEU Code of Professional Conduct sets out the expected behaviour of NEU members, emphasizing professionalism, respect, and non-discrimination. ​

The NEU disciplinary procedure consists of several stages, starting with the initial complaint. ​ A member must submit a written complaint to the General Secretary, specifying the charge or issue within the jurisdiction of the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC). ​ The General Secretary may refer the complaint to the Regional/Wales Secretary for further action. ​ The complainant is offered the opportunity to resolve the matter through conciliation, facilitated by a union member with at least 10 years of standing. ​ If conciliation is unsuccessful, the complainant must complete a template complaint form and provide supporting evidence. ​ The complaint must be made within six months of the incident, unless exceptional reasons are found by the NDC. ​

The preliminary review stage involves a meeting of the NDC to consider preliminary matters, such as jurisdiction and the admissibility of the complaint. ​ The NDC may hold a Preliminary Review Meeting (PRM) before sending the complaint to the respondent. ​ The PRM can admit late papers, grant or refuse postponement requests, and establish a timetable for the hearing. ​

The full hearing is conducted by the NDC and consists of several stages. ​ Both parties have the opportunity to present their case, call witnesses, and cross-examine each other's witnesses. ​ The NDC panel may ask questions and the parties can sum up their arguments. ​ After deliberation, the NDC will make a decision and impose penalties if necessary. ​

The decision of the NDC can be appealed to the National Appeals Committee (NAC). ​ The NAC consists of members drawn from the NDC and NAC panels who were not involved in the original decision. ​ The NAC has the power to remove or replace penalties imposed by the NDC. ​ The decision of the NAC is final. ​

Confidentiality is maintained throughout the disciplinary process, although the outcome may be communicated to the Executive and the parties involved. ​ The NEU Code of Professional Conduct sets out the expected behaviour of NEU members, including professionalism, respect, and non-discrimination. ​ Members who violate the code may face disciplinary action and sanctions. ​

In summary, the NEU disciplinary procedure ensures a fair and transparent process for handling complaints against members. ​ The procedure involves multiple stages, including the initial complaint, preliminary review, full hearing, and appeal process. ​ The NEU Code of Professional Conduct sets out the expected behaviour of members, emphasizing professionalism and non-discrimination. ​

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