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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 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

However, if this doesn't work or you do not feel confident or safe to do so, you can report your concerns using the University's Report and Support tool or by contacting Security on 01225 385349.

You can contact Security when it is not an emergency. In an emergency, contact 999 first and then contact Security.

For further support talk to your friends, or you could ask for advice from your tutor, Student Services or The SU, depending on the nature of the situation.

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.

Category Sanctioning guidance
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