Keeping each other safe

What we are doing and what we require you to do to keep each other safe in 2021/22

We are proud of the way in which Oxford Brookes students have responded to the challenges brought about by the pandemic. It is important that we continue to look after each other and the local community.

In 2020 we introduced a set of Keeping each other safe principles, which explained the University’s expectations on student behaviour on campus, in student accommodation and in the wider community.

The Brookes Behaviour Policy sets out in more detail the University's expectations for the behaviour of staff and students, and provides links to useful resources to support you. 

The University takes issues of student behaviour seriously and there are processes in place for addressing poor student behaviour. How the University will deal with breaches of conduct is detailed in the Student Conduct Procedures, to which all students agree to adhere 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. These include fines, which increase with each repeated breach, unpaid community service and/or exclusion from facilities and services provided by the University.

The University may take action under its Student Conduct Procedures if it receives substantiated information about student misconduct from members of the public, local residents, the local authority, the media, the police or others. The University's action and any outcome, including any penalty imposed, will be separate from and in addition to any action or outcome applied by the police or local authority or others.

A group of students walk through the Central Courtyard

How we will keep each other safe on campus

What we need students to do What the University will do
Support each other and be respectful of each other whilst on campus Have a behaviour policy to support students and ensure their safety and wellbeing
Follow Government Covid-19 guidance Keep up-to-date with Government changes and inform students if these may affect their experience on campus
Take twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests Provide information on Covid-19 testing and kit collection points
Limit close contact with those you don't live with on campus Carefully plan all our teaching activity and support services to make space for everyone
Wear face coverings whilst on campus and when travelling between campuses on public transport Have face coverings available on campus
Wear a sunflower lanyard to indicate you have a legitimate reason that you are exempt from wearing face coverings Provide lanyards together with clear guidance for use, for those students and staff who choose to indicate their exemption from wearing face coverings.
Not question those wearing a sunflower lanyard to show they are exempt from wearing face coverings Provide lanyards for those students and staff who choose to indicate their exemption from wearing face coverings
Respect the adaptations made to your learning environment for your own safety Provide a safe learning environment
Follow any one-way signage or instruction to limit close contact Provide clear signage and safe routes for movement around campus
Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and/or sanitiser Provide sufficient supplies of soap and sanitiser
Clean personal spaces you have used in classrooms at the end of teaching sessions Provide sufficient supplies of cleaning materials and implement cleaning procedures
Provide any necessary information for test and trace purposes Operate and maintain an effective test and trace system on campus

How we will keep each other safe where we live


  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms of coronavirus
  • Wear face coverings in any large shared areas or communal spaces
  • Behave reasonably and adhere to any government guidance and Covid-19 laws when using any shared or communal spaces to ensure your safety and the safety of others at all times
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and/or sanitiser and clean shared spaces/equipment after use
  • Be mindful of the needs of flat- or housemates and be respectful and courteous towards them at all times
  • Self-isolate and arrange to be tested if you have symptoms of coronavirus or have been contacted via NHS Test and Trace or the University's Covid Response Team
  • Take two rapid Covid-19 tests when you first arrive or return to face-to-face teaching. You should then test twice-weekly throughout the semester
  • Report a positive Covid-19 test result or if you are isolating as soon as possible
  • Provide any necessary information for test and trace purposes and follow any self-isolation instructions you are given
  • Contact Wellbeing or the Brookes Union Advice Centre if you are concerned about yourself or about others
  • Remember that whether on or off campus, you represent Oxford Brookes University in how you behave and what you do
  • Follow all international travel and quarantine rules that apply if travelling to the University from a country outside of the UK.

How we will keep each other safe in the community

  • Take care to keep each other safe in crowded spaces
  • Wear face coverings where possible, in any shared spaces within the community and on public transport
  • Follow any government guidance when out in the community and using shared spaces
  • Respect and comply with safety precautions in place in the community including any specific requirements within venues such as cafes, shops, leisure facilities etc. 
  • Walk or cycle when travelling within the community wherever possible
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water and/or sanitiser and clean shared spaces/equipment after use
  • Consider the needs of those who live alongside you in the community and be respectful towards them at all times
  • Remember that even when off campus, you represent Oxford Brookes University in how you behave and what you do
  • Volunteer and take opportunities to support those in our community whenever you can
  • Contact Wellbeing or the Brookes Union Advice Centre if you want advice about the safety of our community
  • Provide any necessary information for test and trace purposes and follow any self-isolation instructions from NHS Test and Trace or the Oxford Brookes Covid Response Team
  • Stay at home if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 and inform the University
  • Follow all international travel and quarantine rules that apply if travelling to the University from a country outside of the UK
  • Evidence suggests that getting vaccinated, if you are able to, keeps you and others safer.

How we will keep each other safe at Open Days/Applicant Days

Our Applicant and Open Days follow the latest travel advice from the UK Government. We ask that all staff, students, and visitors abide by the following guidelines while visiting our campuses.

  • Students can bring a maximum of two guests to the Open and Applicant Days, however there will be a limit of one guest per student to attend popular subject talks
  • Please make use of our hand sanitising stations which will be available around campus and wash your hands regularly
  • Wear face coverings whilst on our campuses and the BROOKESBus, unless you are medically exempt
  • Take care to keep each other safe in crowded spaces
  • Walk or cycle when travelling within the community wherever possible
  • Consider the needs of those around you and be respectful towards them at all times
  • You must follow any government guidelines in place at the time for attending large events. This may mean taking a lateral flow test and reporting it to the NHS before attending or it may require you to have an NHS Covid Pass. We will advise you in our emails before the Open or Applicant Day what measures you will need to take
  • You must not visit our campus if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, or have had a positive test result
  • If you are an Oxford Brookes student or staff member, please report your positive result using the University reporting form
  • Follow all international travel and quarantine rules that apply if travelling to the University from a country outside of the UK
  • Evidence suggests that getting vaccinated, if you are able to, keeps you and others safer.

How we will keep each other safe at Graduation

Our campuses have been fully risk-assessed for the graduation ceremonies. We ask that all staff, students, and visitors abide by the following guidelines while visiting our campuses.

  • Graduates can bring a maximum of two guests into the Graduation Ceremony, and up to three for the Family Room or Live Viewing Room
  • Please make use of our hand sanitising stations which will be available around campus and wash your hands regularly
  • Wear face coverings whilst on our campuses and the BROOKESBus, unless you are medically exempt
  • Take care to keep each other safe in crowded spaces
  • Walk or cycle when travelling within the community wherever possible
  • Consider the needs of those around you and be respectful towards them at all times
  • You must follow any government guidelines in place at the time for attending large events. This may mean taking a lateral flow test and reporting it to the NHS before attending or it may require you to have an NHS Covid Pass. We will advise you in our emails before Graduation on what measures you will need to take.
  • You must not visit our campus if you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19, or have had a positive test result
  • If you are an Oxford Brookes student or staff member, please report your positive result using the University reporting form.
  • Follow all international travel and quarantine rules that apply if travelling to the University from a country outside of the UK
  • Evidence suggests that getting vaccinated, if you are able to, keeps you and others safer.

Our Graduations follow the latest travel advice on travelling within England from the UK Government.