During these uncertain times it is more important than ever that we support and respect each other. This includes other students, University staff and members of the communities in which we live.
The University expects all students to act responsibly at all times, on and off campus. The safety of our students, staff and the wider community is paramount, however we also expect students to maintain the University's good name and standing at all times.
Last semester we introduced a set of Keeping each other safe principles, which explained the University’s clear expectations on student behaviour during the ongoing pandemic. These cover the behaviour we expect of students on campus, in student accommodation and in the wider community.
The principles below have been incorporated into the Brookes Behaviour guidance, which sets out expectations for students and the University and provides resources to support you. How the University will deal with breaches of conduct are detailed in the Student Conduct Procedures, to which all students agree to adhere to as part of their enrolment. The University will consider any reports of non-compliance and if it is deemed that any misconduct has occurred, penalties can be issued such as fines, unpaid community service and/or exclusion from facilities and services provided by the University.
The University will consider any reports of non-compliance and if it is deemed that any misconduct has occurred, penalties can be issued such as fines, unpaid community service and/or exclusion from facilities and services provided by the University.
Since the Keeping each other safe principles were initially published, new laws have been introduced that mean the police can issue fines for those who are breaking the rules. These rules cover gatherings of people both inside and outside, self-isolation after a positive Covid-19 test result or under instruction from NHS Test and Trace, as well as international travel into the UK and subsequent quarantine.
The University works closely with Oxford City Council and Thames Valley Police to address student behaviour, including student gatherings. If you are found in breach of current Covid-19 law, you may face criminal charges. The Government has announced new, tougher police enforcement measures from fixed penalty notices for illegal gatherings of £200 for a first offence and up to £6,400 for repeat offences. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000. The police are also able to take action retrospectively.
The University's action, including any penalty imposed, will be separate from and in addition to any action taken by the police or local authority. You can find more information on the rules about meeting people on the UK Government guidance webpage.
A failure to self-isolate where required will be considered a significant breach of the Keeping each other safe principles and therefore a breach of the student conduct regulations. You are required to self-isolate by law if you test positive or are contacted by Test and Trace. Not isolating for the full period of time can mean a fine, which can start from £1,000.
The Government has also published new rules and guidance for people travelling into the UK. Please visit our Travelling to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic webpage to find out what this will mean for you, including rules around quarantining.
All students are asked to read and follow the principles below.