Behaviour management in accommodation

Expected conduct

As a student and a resident of university accommodation, you are expected to live and behave in ways that reflect our values – inside and outside the institution. This includes treating others in a respectful and considerate manner.

If you behave in a way that has a negative impact on others, breach any of the terms and conditions of residence, or commit a criminal offence, there are a variety of penalties that may be invoked. Each incident will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, depending on its severity.

The University’s disciplinary rules and procedures are available through the Student Conduct Policy (PDF).

Conduct procedures and escalation

If you breach the terms and conditions for anti-social behaviour, drugs or fire you will be dealt with accordingly. If you breach the terms and conditions more than once in that category you will escalate to the next level of discipline.

Example

For example, if you are on a final warning for fire tampering with a smoke detector and you are then found to have propped open the kitchen fire door you will be issued with a notice to quit your accommodation. Notice to quit gives you 28 days to leave the accommodation but you are still liable for your rent until the original end of your contract.

Rules

  • Where it is not known who is responsible for misconduct within a flat/house, each resident within that flat/house will be liable for the full penalty unless the person(s) responsible comes forward.
  • Where damage is caused within a flat/house, the cost of repair will be split equally between all residents within that flat/house unless the person(s) responsible comes forward.
  • Towards the end of your contract, if an awareness course is not available you will be liable for the full penalty charge.
  • Depending on the nature of the breach in terms and conditions, spot checks may be conducted on your room or flat/house.
  • Where disciplinary action is taken and alcohol is involved, you may be required to attend an alcohol awareness course. Failure to attend this course will result in you being charged for your place.
  • We reserve the right to confiscate any items that are causing a nuisance to others, eg laser pens, strobe lighting or any items that contravene the terms and conditions. In instances where a notice to quit is served, referral may also be made to Student and Partnership Services for consideration in respect of University disciplinary procedures.

In all cases of discipline, penalties will be balanced with information about getting help, advice and support.

Referral

Depending on the nature of the breach of licence, we reserve the right to refer the matter to the Director of Student and Partnership Services for consideration in respect of University disciplinary procedures. If you wish to make serious allegations about the behaviour of other UWE Bristol students you should contact the Student Policy Team in Student and Partnership Services via conduct@uwe.ac.uk.

Advice and representation

In all cases of disciplinary action, we recommend you contact The Students’ Union at UWE Advice Centre. Their representatives welcome at any meeting regarding a disciplinary matter. Contact them via +44 (0)117 32 82676 or advice@uwe.ac.uk.

Appeal

Following disciplinary action by Accommodation Services you have the right to appeal the decision made. An appeal should be addressed to the Head of Accommodation Services and received within seven working days of the date of the written notification from Accommodation Services. Please state clearly the grounds in which you are appealing.

Drugs

The below outlines the full delivery, possession or use of drugs which will not be tolerated and the consequences that will occur dependent on your actions.

Class A, Class B, Class C and Psychoactive substances (including nitrous oxide)

  1. Final warning with a mandatory place on a Drugs Awareness Session* plus sanctions up to; referral to the police, referral to student conduct panel and/or professional suitability.
  2. Notice to quit UWE Bristol accommodation.

*Awareness sessions

Awareness sessions are subject to availability at the time of booking. You will only have one opportunity to attend an awareness session.

Supply or production of any class or any substance

  1. Notice to quit UWE Bristol Accommodation; referral to the Police and referral to student conduct panel and/or professional suitability, possible expulsion from UWE Bristol.

Drug paraphernalia and shisha pipes – possession of

  1. Confiscation or disposal with advisory letter.

Anti-social behaviour

Below outlines behaviours which will not be tolerated and the escalation that will occur dependent on your actions.

Aggressive behaviour – physical, bullying or discrimination (including social media)

  1. Notice to quit UWE Bristol accommodation, possible expulsion from the University, referral to the student conduct panel and a referral to the University Police Officer.

Aggressive behaviour – verbal

  1. Final warning letter, referral to student conduct panel, plus referral to the University Police Officer.
  2. Notice to quit UWE Bristol accommodation.

Noise disturbance

  1. Verbal warning.
  2. First warning letter.
  3. Final warning letter, confiscation of equipment and acceptable behaviour contract (ABC).
  4. Notice to quit UWE Bristol Accommodation.

Housekeeping (cleaning) issues

  1. Resident Assistants issue advice and guidance (noted by Accommodation Manager).
  2. Mediation followed by cleaning rota and weekly inspections for 1 month.
  3. First warning letter plus an accommodation cleaning charge, cleaning rota and weekly inspections for 1 month.
  4. Final warning letter plus an accommodation cleaning charge, cleaning rota and weekly inspections for 1 month.
  5. Transfer and/or acceptable behaviour contract (ABC) and weekly inspections.
  6. Notice to quit UWE Bristol Accommodation.

General anti-social behaviour (nuisance, damage, streaking, urinating etc...)

  1. First warning letter.
  2. Final warning letter.
  3. Notice to quit UWE Bristol Accommodation.

Drugs and anti-social behaviour policy

View our Accommodation Services policy and procedure for illegal drugs, psychoactive substances and antisocial behaviour.

Drugs and anti-social behaviour policy
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Fire disciplinary

Below outlines breaches of our Fire Safety Policy and the disciplinary action you will face as a result of your actions.

Tampering with smoke or heat detectors 

This includes covering over, removing, tampering or interfering with) or malicious activation of fire alarm

  1. Final warning with attendance on a Fire Awareness Session* (you will be charged for your place if you do not attend)
  2. Notice to quit UWE Bristol accommodation

*Awareness sessions

Awareness sessions are subject to availability at the time of booking. You will only have one opportunity to attend an awareness session and failure to attend will result in a charge of £103.42 for your place on the course.

Conduct during coronavirus

The University has a Student Conduct Policy, which relates to non-academic disciplinary matters and sets out the University’s expectations of student behaviour both on and off campus. Anti-social behaviour that creates risk falls within the remit of our Student Conduct Policy.

During this pandemic, people are concerned about the risk of spreading COVID-19 and their tolerances of what they perceive as anti-social behavior have diminished. This means that they are less tolerant of behaviour that normally wouldn’t be of concern, including large or loud groups of students and failure to follow government guidelines around social distancing, groups gathering together and mask-wearing.

The University expects that you will behave considerately toward others; that you will play a positive role in encouraging others to follow laws and guidelines; and that you will proactively take personal measures to minimise risk.

In relation to COVID-19, you are expected to:

  • behave with civility, consideration and respect for others in the University and the local community
  • behave safely, and with regard to the safety of others
  • follow all government guidance and laws, including (but not limited to) when to cover your face, maintaining social distance and how you socialise within your household and beyond it
  • follow instructional and directional signage that is in place
  • report any symptoms of COVID-19 to the University so that we can arrange support for you
  • get a COVID-19 test when you develop symptoms, or are requested to do so by either the University or the NHS Test and Trace
  • report the result of any COVID-19 test to the University
  • self-isolate when required to do so and follow the rules when self-isolating
  • self-isolate if required to do so because you have travelled to the UK from a country that isn’t on the travel corridor exemption list
  • pay attention to Faculty staff who may provide you with specific requirements in your learning environment.

Additional COVID-19 expectations for students living in UWE Bristol accommodation:

  • You will not allow anybody into your flat that isn’t part of your household. The only exception to this rule is for the Studio accommodation at Wallscourt Park where one visitor will be permitted.
  • You will not have a flat or house party. They are strictly prohibited as they are in breach of government restrictions on social distancing and the ‘rule of six’.
  • Face coverings should be worn at all times in all communal and shared accommodation areas including: Customer Services Reception, post room, lifts and stairwells. They should be worn even if there is no other person present. You don’t need to cover your face in your flat’s communal lounge and kitchen areas or when you’re outside.