Dealing with misconduct around the COVID-19 rules
What to do if someone is not following the government and University rules around COVID-19 (updated 21 January 2021).
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 our University community 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
You can contact Security when it is not an emergency. In an emergency, contact 999 first and then contact Security.
What will happen if you fail to follow current rules
We take reports of misconduct extremely seriously and there are significant consequences under the University's Student Discipline Regulations.
Please understand that if you are identified as participating in activity that endangers yourself, other students, staff and/or the community in which you live, we will:
- Take disciplinary action
- Fine you up to £500
- Pass the details and evidence of any criminal activity to the police for prosecution
- Consider your ability to continue your education at our institution. We will not hesitate to consider criminal activity as serious misconduct which may result in exclusion, suspension or expulsion under our disciplinary regulations
This applies to incidents both on and off campus.
All sanctions will be considered on a case by case basis under the University’s discipline procedures and standard sanctioning guidance as well as national guidance at the time. So that we can provide you with a guide on the likely consequences, we have given an example of the potential sanctions below. The list is not binding on the University and any actual sanction will depend on the circumstances of the breach.
|Failure to comply with the University’s face covering policy; failure to observe social distancing when interacting with others outdoors; not following signs or guidance in place on campus||Verbal Advice; Recorded Verbal Warning; Fixed Penalty Notice; Category A Warning; fine of up to £100|
|Attending a gathering indoors; failure to observe social distancing when interacting with others indoors; visiting other households of which you are not a member; failure to comply with a reasonable request in relation to Covid-19 violation||Recorded Verbal Warning; Fixed Penalty Notice; Category B Warning; fine of between £100 - £250|
|Isolation (University or NHS) violation; quarantine violation||Category B Warning; fine of between £100 - £250|
|Hosting a gathering indoors or outdoors with a number of people against current restrictions; facilitating a gathering indoors or outdoors with a number of people against current restrictions||Category C Warning; fine of between £250-£500; exclusion from any part of the University for a set period of time; suspension of study from the University for a set period of time; expulsion from the University|
|Repeat occurrence of any breach of Covid related misconduct||Category B Warning; Fine of between £100 - £250|
|Coughs or spits at another individual (or threatens to do so); makes physical contact (or threatens to do so) with another individual whilst self-isolating||Category C Warning; fine of between £250-£500; exclusion from any part of the University for a set period of time; suspension of study from the University for a set period of time; expulsion from the University|
|Persistent repeated occurrence of any breach of Covid related misconduct; multiple breaches of Covid related misconduct||Category C Warning; fine of between £250-£500; exclusion from any part of the University for a set period of time; suspension of study from the University for a set period of time; expulsion from the University|