Community behaviour rules

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Local rules and regulations for student behaviour in the community

Goldsmiths has an expectation that students will respect the community they live in and, like all other residents, are bound by national and local legislation. Areas of particular focus in relation to student behaviour are:

  • Car and motorcycle parking
  • Refuse and recycling
  • Noise pollution

Goldsmiths Student Conduct Regulations are the vehicle by which Goldsmiths enforces the principle that students should respect local residents and play their part as considerate members of the local community.

Students may be subject to disciplinary action, through the Student Conduct Regulations, in cases whereby the College assesses that their actions are calling the College’s name into disrepute. This could include, for example:

  • The use of violent, indecent, disorderly, threatening, intimidating or offensive behaviour or language whether expressed orally or in writing, including electronically.
  • Sexual, racial or any other form of harassment, including bullying.
  • Excessive noise that causes a disturbance to other residents at any time of day or night.
  • Non-compliance with local council waste and recycling collection procedures.
  • Any other behaviour that causes danger or distress.

Students visiting any of the College’s accommodation sites must comply with the requirements of the residences’ local rules.

Breaches of community behaviour rules

Complaints

A clear procedure is in place to deal with complaints made by members of the community about students. It is expected that problems will be resolved at step one when students are made aware of the complaint and the potential consequences of their actions. Further complaints may result in referral to the Director of Student Experience.

Action

Stage 1:
The Stakeholder Engagement Manager or the Head of Accommodation Services will initially deal with allegations of misconduct that are received by the College. This stage represents an opportunity for students and staff to consider the complaint and to resolve this informally.

Stage 2:
Should the complaint be serious, or unable to be resolved at stage 1 then the case will be handled as per the formal Student Conduct Regulations.

Review of the community behaviour rules

The community behaviour rules will be regularly reviewed, normally at three-year intervals.

Any review of the community behaviour rules will be conducted in consultation with Goldsmiths Students’ Union.

Date: September 2018