This will depend on the seriousness of the allegation. You would normally first be invited to a one-on-one meeting with a member of staff from your School; this could be just for a chat that goes no further, or it could be part of an investigation that can lead to a committee.
The potential stages are:
1. Meeting with a member of staff
A member of your School's staff will be assigned to investigate; this person will not have been involved in the circumstances leading to your referral. This meeting will be your opportunity to answer questions and explain the situation.
If you're accused of a minor allegation, you may just be warned or given a penalty without the case needing to go further. Potential outcomes could include writing a reflective essay or an apology.
If your case is more complex or more serious, this meeting would be part of an investigation. There will usually be a note-taker present and minutes will be recorded, which you will have the chance to read and sign as an accurate summary of the discussion before it is passed to the committee. You may be asked to follow-up meetings with the investigating officer to gather more information or if more concerns come to light.
2. Health & Conduct Committee
These committees are held by your School. Committees are made up of academic members of staff from within your School, along with some third party professionals and usually one 'layman' (someone from a non-professional course). You will be sent a copy of all the paperwork being presented to the committee and have the chance to submit a statement along with any evidence.
The Chair will start the meeting with introductions, then the investigating officer will present the case. You will then be invited to speak and the committee will take it in turns to ask you questions.
If you've been having problems with your health, they would want to explore this with you to make sure this wouldn't impact on your ability to do your job on placements or if you go on to work in the profession. This process can also be supportive, and they would want to make sure you have the right support in place for your needs. The university has a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments to disabled students in their studies and on placements.
If there are concerns about your behaviour, the aim of these meetings is to decide whether you have a full understanding of the implications of your actions and to determine whether you have properly reflected on your behaviour and would behave professionally if you continued on the course and, ultimately, into a professional career.
Normally you would then leave the room while the committee discusses your case and you are brought back in for the decision. If it is online you may be called back or written to with the decision.
The committee can decide to put extra support in place for you or require you to talk to Occupational Health. If there are behaviour concerns they can put in place extra supervision, require you to write a reflective essay or send an apology to someone. In more extreme circumstances they can put you on a Leave of Absence or refer you to a Fitness to Practise Committee with a recommendation to withdraw you.
3. Fitness to Practise Committee
Your School's Health & Conduct Committee will refer you to the University's Fitness to Practise Committee if the allegation is very serious and/or if the School believes you should be withdrawn. These committees are very similar to the previous committee in structure but the academic staff members will be from your Faculty rather than your School and the School will send a representative to present their case. The representative should outline the School's knowledge of what has happened and any concerns held by the Health & Conduct Committee that led to the case being referred to the next stage.
If you have been referred to this committee with a recommendation to withdraw you it is a serious situation; this committee does have the power to withdraw you. However, they will hear the case afresh and will make their own decision, which may disagree with your School's recommendation. They have a number of other options available to them as penalties, the same as a Health & Conduct.