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Student Conduct

Student Conduct

We are committed to providing a community where equality is promoted, diversity and inclusivity is valued, and individuals are respected. As staff and students, we share the responsibility for promoting and fostering an inclusive environment and ensuring that others do not experience any form of harassment. Our actions can have an impact on the safety and operation of that community.

Standards of Behaviour Expected

 

The Student Code of Conduct sets out our expected standards of behaviour on campus (including Halls of Residence) as well as when accessing our facilities online. In short, we expect you to:

  • Behave responsibly and professionally
  • Obey the law and not do anything that might harm the University's reputation
  • Behave in ways that do not offend others
  • Treat University property with respect
  • Comply with reasonable requests from members of University and Security staff
  • Adhere to our health and safety policies
  • Be considerate to your neighbours

Depending on your programme, you may also be subject to additional requirements; these will be outlined in your programme handbook or other materials and you will be made aware of these standards at the induction to your programme.

The Code also sets out how we will investigate any reported breaches of our standards of behaviour, as well as the penalties that may be applied - up to and including temporary or permanent expulsion from the University.

Covid-19 and the Student Code of Conduct

 

For 2020/21 the University has agreed an Addendum to the Student Code of Conduct setting out the University's arrangements in the light of Covid-19 and the University’s approach to reported breaches by students of social distancing legislation and restrictions on public gatherings, or other health and safety recommendations.

We consider such incidents to be breaches of our standards of behaviour, especially since social distancing is a legal requirement and relates to health and safety.

Reporting unacceptable behaviour

 

If you see or experience unacceptable behaviour please report it to any one of the following members of staff / areas of the University, where you will be advised what happens next:

 

Learning Partnership Agreement

The University is committed to continually improving the quality of its provision.

Our Learning Partnership Agreement has been produced jointly by students, the Students' Union, and the University and is one way of outlining that commitment to our students by working together in partnership to ensure a positive and successful learning experience. The agreement also highlights what is expected from you in return.

This three-way process has been established to enhance the experience of the University community. In particular, the agreement expects all members of the University community to treat each other with courtesy and respect and in line with our values.

If, as a student, you feel that the principles set out in the agreement are not being fulfilled, please contact your module tutor, personal tutor and / or the Students’ Union Advice Centre (suadvice@bucks.ac.uk).

Fitness to Practise

A number of the programmes which the University offers entitle successful graduates to become registered members of regulated professions.

The regulators of those professions (also known as Professional, Statutory, Regulatory Bodies or PSRBs) require that the University has processes in place to ensure that students are fit to practise during the programme and on registration.

Our Fitness to Practise Procedure sets out our policy on fitness to practise and the procedure we have put in place to discharge our duty to ensure that our students are fit to practise during their programme and on registration.

If your programme comes under the fitness to practise policy you will have previously been informed of this in publicity material and during the application process. You will also find further information within your programme handbook and other course-related materials. Please ensure that you check these carefully and understand the requirements that apply to you.

Purpose of assessing fitness to practise

 

The assessment of a student’s fitness to practise has a three-fold purpose:

  1. Protection of the public
  2. Upholding professional standards, including the relevant code of conduct
  3. Contributing to the maintenance of the reputation of the profession and public confidence in the profession

The purpose is the same whether in relation to an already registered and practising member of a profession, or a student working towards professional registration.

Students seeking to join a profession are expected to demonstrate the same behaviour as registrants but it is acknowledged that they are on a programme of instruction and are not yet full members of the profession.

Categories of concern

 

There are a wide range of events or behaviours that may give rise to concern regarding a student’s fitness to practise, including:

  • the exercise of professional practice
  • other conduct which may or may not be related to professional practice but may have an impact on the reputation of the profession
  • a single incident serious enough to cause concern
  • a series of incidents (serious or less so) the cumulative effect of which is enough to cause concern

Concerns may be identified by a range of sources, including University or placement staff, other students or members of the general public. A concern may also be identified following another University process or through your annual declaration.

Your Head of School will determine whether further action is required and may take further action e.g. suspending you from your placement while an investigation is carried out. Full details on the investigation process and possible outcomes can be found in the procedure.