Student Policies and Procedures

The following are important policies and procedures with which students should be familiar. Please see the below for information on each one.

Other policies, which may also be relevant to students, can be found in the other sections of this Portal.


Covid-19 Community Charter

UCC has developed a COVID-19 Community Charter. This is a set of principles for UCC’s students and staff to reaffirm their commitment towards the shared responsibility of protecting our community. The community charter forms part of student and staff return to campus induction. Make sure you complete this module in Canvas.  

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Covid-19 Community Charter 2020 COVID-19 Community Charter 

Student Charter

The University College Cork Student Charter is issued jointly by the University and the University College Cork Students Union. It makes explicit some of the reciprocal responsibilities which members of the University, both staff and students, have to each other.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Student Charter  February 2009   Student Charter

Student Rules

The following document outlines the Rules of the University. These Rules describe the standards of conduct expected from UCC students as well as the disciplinary and appeal procedures applicable to breaches of these rules.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Student Rules 25 June 2021  UCC Student Rules

Student Advisor and Ombudsman

The purpose of the post of Student Advisor and Ombudsman is to advise and assist students with the resolution of difficulties, complaints or grievances involving staff or services of the University in an informal manner. All enquiries to the Student Advisor and Ombudsman will remain confidential, except in cases of serious threat to life or property.

The Student Advisor and Ombudsman is Professor Fred Powell. Professor Powell welcomes enquiries from students by email at, or phone on 021-4902593 or 021 - 4902228. He is located in the School of Applied Social Studies, Ashford (Room 2.01), Donovan's Road.

The services provided for by this post are complementary to a range of existing student services and the Student Advisor and Ombudsman may refer relevant student issues for resolution by those services as appropriate.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Student Ombudsman Terms of Reference  05/08/2021   TOR Student Ombudsman

Plagiarism Policy

The plagiarism policy aims to inform undergraduate and postgraduate students about plagiarism.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Plagiarism Policy  19/10/2021  Plagiarism Policy v4 2021 

Student Alcohol Policy

The revised Student Alcohol Policy was approved by Academic Council on 22 November 2013.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Student Alcohol Policy 22 November 2013  Student Alcohol Policy

Support for Pregnant Students

This document provides information to students and staff about the university’s approach to supporting a student who is pregnant.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Support for Pregnant Students  June 2016  Support for Pregnant Students

Student Complaints

The Student Complaints Policy provides a framework for making and resolving student complaints.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Student Compaints Policy 12/09/2018   UCC Student Complaints Policy

Fitness Practise/Study

Fitness to Continue in Study- This Policy is expressly intended to be supportive of individual students who may be in distress or difficulty whilst also recognising the right of the wider University community work, study and live free of undue duress/distress caused by others.

Fitness to Practise- To describe an individual as ‘Fit to Practise’ in the context of certain professions is to say he or she possesses the attributes considered necessary in an individual to allow that individual to practise as an independent practitioner in their relevant profession. The Fitness to Practise policy is needed to ensure that, in addition to having achieved the required academic standard, students are deemed 'fit to practise' in their chosen profession. For further information on this policy, please see link below.

Policy Title Last Review Date File
Fitness to Practise policy  21/02/2022

Fitness to Practise Policy

For further information on this policy, please visit Fitness to Practise

Fitness to Continue in Study policy  27/06/2014 

Fitness to Continue in Study.pdf

Fitness to Continue in Study Policy Appendices

Fitness to Continue in Study Policy FAQs 

Academic Affairs and Governance

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