Some changes have been made to your Student Regulations and their appendices. These are the rules and regulations that you need to follow while studying at Bath, as well as the policies that exist to support you while you’re here should anything not go as planned.

The changes relate to the following regulations and policies:

  • Regulation 7 and Student Discipline
  • Health, Wellbeing and Support for Study (previously Fitness to Study)
  • Student Complaints

We routinely review and update these policies, in consultation with the Students’ Union, to ensure they are up to date with best practice and supporting the best student experience. A summary of the changes is noted below, and you can view the full Student Regulations, and Student Apprentice Regulations, on the University website.

If you have any questions, please contact Elisabeth Day, Deputy Director Student Policy & Safeguarding.

Summary of Changes

The language and structure of all three policies and procedures have been reviewed with students to ensure they are easy to read and understand. More information about support and advice available for students has also been added to each procedure.

Beyond the above, no significant changes have been made to the student complaints procedure.

Regulation 7 and Student Discipline

The following standards have been added to the non-exhaustive list of behaviours that constitute misconduct:

  • Putting others at risk through use of dangerous, addictive or intoxicating substances
  • Spiking and related offences

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of a recent change to the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) regarding nitrous oxide (also known as NOS or laughing gas). It is now a criminal offence to possess or supply the drug where its intended use is to be wrongfully inhaled, ‘to get high’.

We've made it easier for students who raise a complaint about the behaviour of other students to request a review of our processes if they believe their case has been mishandled or was subject to bias.

At the end of a student discipline case, information about the outcome sometimes needs to be shared with other parties. We’ve added measures to ensure decisions about how this information is shared, and with who, are considered thoroughly and reasonably.

Regulation 8 has been removed. Instead, the Student Discipline Procedure is now linked from Regulation 7 – Disciplinary Regulations for Students.

Health Wellbeing and Support for Study

The previous "Fitness to Study" policy and procedure has been re-written and re-named "Health, Wellbeing and Support for Study".

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the University has a supportive and effective response if a student’s health or wellbeing is impacting on their ability to engage with their studies or university life.

The changes mean that if your health or wellbeing is impacting on your ability to engage with your studies or university life, the support you would receive from your personal tutor and department, and central services such as student support, disability services and mental health services, will now be even more joined up.