AskDefine | Define misconduct

Dictionary Definition



1 bad or dishonest management by persons supposed to act on another's behalf
2 activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing" [syn: wrongdoing, wrongful conduct, actus reus]


1 behave badly; "The children misbehaved all morning" [syn: misbehave, misdemean] [ant: behave]
2 manage badly or incompetently; "The funds were mismanaged" [syn: mismanage, mishandle]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Bad behavior.
    The student was threatened with a £2000 fine and banned from using the university's computing resources for two weeks due to gross misconduct on Wikipedia


  1. To act improperly.
  2. To mismanage.

Extensive Definition

A misconduct is a legal term meaning a wrongful, improper, or unlawful conduct motivated by premeditated or intentional purpose or by obstinate indifference to the consequences of one's acts.
Two categories of misconduct are sexual misconduct and official misconduct. In connection with school discipline, "misconduct" is generally understood to be student behavior that is unacceptable to school officials but does not violate criminal statutes, including absenteeism, tardiness, bullying, and inappropriate language. (Special Education Dictionary, 2003, LRP Publications) Misconduct in the workplace generally falls under two categories. Minor misconduct is seen as unacceptable but is not a criminal offense (e.g being late). Gross misconduct can lead to dismissal, (e.g stealing or sexual harassment).


Misconduct is where something is seen as unacceptable but is not a criminal offence e.g being late.
Gross misconduct is where you can be dismissed straight away because it is serious enough and possibly criminal e.g stealing or sexual harassment

Examples of Gross Misconduct

Fighting Being drunk on duty Stealing Harassing people Subjecting people to racial abuse

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