Student Behaviour in Halls
Whilst the majority of residents in University halls follow the rules and take responsibility for keeping themselves and others safe, there are a proportion of our student community who continue to attend and host large gatherings.
Under current UK Government restrictions there can be no mixing of households indoors or outside. It is important that you, as an individual, keep up to date with restrictions in force and take responsibility for adhering to the rules.
We know that the majority of you are taking this seriously and playing your part, but with an increasing number of students choosing to return to the city, we are receiving a growing number of reports about incidents, including those attending and hosting large gatherings. Putting others at risk is always unacceptable and the actions of a few are creating a serious situation for our city and the people who live and work here.
The UK Government has very recently introduced £800 fines enforced by the police, for anyone attending a gathering of more than 15 people. The fine will double for each repeat offence to a maximum of £6,400. This is a strong message and the University has, and will continue where we feel necessary, to involve the police for gatherings whether this is inside or outdoors.
Members of our University community who do not follow the restrictions and University guidelines should expect swift action to be taken including warnings and disciplinary proceedings. This includes notification to your academic department. It is important to remind you that serious breaches of COVID-19 restrictions can result in suspension from University accommodation and additional impacts on your academic studies and programme. In some instances, students have already been suspended from University accommodation for not following the guidance. You can find more information in our Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline.
Please also note, you are required to confirm your name and student ID when requested if you are approached whilst part of an unauthorised gathering, inside or outside of University accommodation. If you fail to confirm your name and student ID or give incorrect details, further action will be taken. Your co-operation with this is appreciated.
It is only by working together that the virus can be kept under control. The three key steps we can take as individuals – wearing a face covering, regularly washing our hands, and maintaining a safe distance from anyone from another household – make an enormous difference. Please continue to follow this advice.
It is also important that we continue to treat each other with respect, especially those who are working hard to protect and support you. Our staff and your fellow students should never be subjected to aggressive or inappropriate language or behaviours. This is unacceptable and the University will swiftly take action against any individuals who engage in this behaviour.
The current situation is hard for everyone and we fully appreciate the effect it continues to have, but the safety of our University community remains our top priority and your co-operation with this is very much appreciated.
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