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Covid code of conduct - non-compliance guidance for students

Updated on 4 March 2021

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has issued its Covid code to help our community provide a safe environment and understand their responsibilities whilst on campus

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Introduction

The University has a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its community.

In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has issued its Covid code to help our community provide a safe environment and understand their responsibilities whilst on campus.

We take compliance with the Covid code seriously. As a student, we require you to follow the Covid code at all times on campus and in the wider community. This code may change from time to time in line with Scottish Government advice.

Purpose of this guidance

This guidance for students sets out how the University will enforce compliance of its Covid code and what happens if you do not comply with the Covid code.

This guidance applies to all students including those resident in Student Accommodation provided by the University.

What we expect of you as a student

  • Make yourself aware of the Covid code;
  • Take responsibility for your own actions; and
  • Help to ensure that our community remains vibrant and safe.

Our University community is a strong one, formed around a principle of 'One Dundee'. If we all act responsibly together we can keep each other safe and well.

Consequences for breaches of the Covid code

The University will treat any breach of the Covid code seriously.

The University hopes that given the seriousness of the pandemic and the efforts and sacrifices that are being made by everyone to contain the effects of Covid-19, everyone will adhere to the Covid code.

Potential action by the University

The University’s first step in most circumstances is to educate and ensure compliance with the Covid code.

However, if you persistently fail to follow the Covid code and this guidance, or a one-off breach is of sufficient seriousness, the University could decide to discipline you under its Student Discipline Procedure (SDP). The University aims to deal with breaches of the Covid code as quickly as possible and may treat your breach as an Emergency Case or use the Express Process under the SDP for that purpose. This means you may receive a sanction for breaching the Covid code without warning.

If you are a student on a relevant course you could also be subject to Fitness to Practise Procedure (FTP).

If you are a student living in residences, you could also be subject to sanctions under the Residences Code of Conduct.

Referral to the police

If the breach is of sufficient seriousness where you bring the safety of others into serious jeopardy (in accordance with Scottish Government guidance) the matter may be referred to the police.

These are potential serious consequences and the University hopes that such procedures will not require to be used.

Examples of Covid code breaches and suggested sanctions

All sanctions will be considered on a case by case basis under the University’s procedures. So that we can provide you with a guide on the likely consequences, we have provided an example of the potential sanctions below for breaches of the Covid code.

The list is not binding on the University and any actual sanction will depend on the circumstances of the breach, for example fines may be more than £50 and may require to be paid rather than suspended. Fines may be doubled if they are not paid within 14 days. It is assumed in the table that there are no persistent or previous breaches of the Covid code and no criminal act has taken place.

Identified breach and possible sanctions

Not wearing a face covering in all indoor spaces outside of your own household, other than those where the appropriate physical distancing measures are already in place

  • Verbal warning
  • Suspended fine (£50 minimum)

Not keeping your distance, the advice on physical distancing is to keep 1 metre (3 feet) apart

  • Verbal warning
  • Suspended fine (£50 minimum)

Not following signs and guidance in place on campus

  • Verbal warning
  • Suspended fine (£50 minimum)

Not self-isolating for 10 days if you or a member of your household develops symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have travelled through a country not listed as a UK government exemption

  • Verbal warning
  • Fine (£50 minimum)
  • Other disciplinary action taken under the SDP

Breach of the Covid code whilst off campus (where your behaviour may bring the University into disrepute)

  • Verbal warning
  • Fine (£50 minimum)
  • Other disciplinary action taken under the SDP

Any other Covid-19 related breaches or repeated breaches which put staff, students or other members of the University or wider community at risk

  • Fine (£50 minimum)
  • Other disciplinary action taken under the SDP
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