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Dealing with misconduct around the COVID-19 rules

What to do if someone is not following the government and University rules around Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Misconduct made clear

COVID-19 is a global pandemic and the University takes adherence to government and University rules extremely seriously. These rules are in place to protect our students, staff, and members of the wider community here in Bath.

Of course, there may be times when misunderstanding arises or people need to be reminded of the rules.

We recommend talking to each other first if a member of your household isn’t following guidelines. When having these conversations:

  • stay calm and avoid angry confrontations
  • start the conversation when you both have time to talk
  • do it privately
  • be direct to avoid confusion
  • as always, be polite
  • don’t make assumptions

Remember, by working as a community, we can minimise risks, avoid unnecessary disruption, and move forward, together.

How to report misconduct

If talking doesn’t work or you are uncomfortable doing so, students can contact Security on 01225 385349.

A member of our team will be able to discuss your concerns in a confidential environment and will help to address any misconduct in your household. Security is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Failure to follow regulations could have serious consequences for your health and safety and that of others. We take reports of misconduct extremely seriously.

We have a three-step process if students are found breaking government rules or University regulations, including Covid-19 regulations, which will depend on the severity of the behaviour and the harm caused. The process can be applied in any order. In line with our student regulations, for the most serious misconduct, we will not hesitate to move directly to our student disciplinary process.

Our three-step process

  1. Engage, educate and advise by clearly reminding the student of the rules and the consequence of breaking them.
  2. Recorded, official warning which will be held on the disciplinary database.
  3. Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) and/or referral to the Student Discipline Process.