COVID-19 – Expectations on Behaviour

It is very important that all students at the University and in accommodation understand their responsibilities in keeping other students, staff and local communities safe during this pandemic. Everyone has a part to play in stopping transmission of the virus.

You must ensure you keep up to date and abide by all the current information in relation to restrictions that are in place – both nationally and locally from the UK Government https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus .

Households

If you are in self-catered accommodation your household is your flat. If you live in catered accommodation you have been nominated into a household of no more than 15. A household means the people you live with - this means anyone you share a bathroom and/or a kitchen with, whether this is in halls of residence or private accommodation.

As a household you are expected to follow all of the advice and guidance from the UK government https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus , this includes any lockdown restrictions. You are not exempt.

Safety Arrangements

In all areas of the University you must follow University guidance for social distancing and hygiene arrangements across all sites, even if you are with others from your own household.

Respect for Others

During your time in halls you are expected to show respect for other residents, staff and members of the public. Any verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated and University disciplinary processes will be actioned.

Legal Requirement

You are bound by the same laws as everyone else and the University will not tolerate any breaches of these laws. Anyone over the age of 18 can be fined by the polic.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days
  • £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400

If you hold a gathering which breaches the laws in place the police have the power to fine up to £10000.

University Disciplinary Processes

The University will take any breach of restrictions very seriously. If you breach restrictions this will be dealt with as a University disciplinary issue and may be reported to external agencies, for example the police. The fact that you have breached restrictions will also be shared with your school and faculty.

You should note that you can be removed from your academic course and can be required to leave residences if you breach restrictions.

The University will have no hesitation in contacting Greater Manchester Police about breaches of restrictions.