Offences

All our residents have a right to feel safe and comfortable in University accommodation. We will treat seriously any behaviour which risks this.

There are three levels of offence: minor, serious and major. Residents who commit serious or major offences could be asked to leave their accommodation either temporarily or permanently.

Minor offences

A minor offence is usually something like making excessive noise, being disorderly or causing minor damage to property. Repeat offences may be classified as “serious”.

Wardens can give a warning or a fine and in some cases you may be required to attend any appropriate training. You will also be charged for any damage caused.

You may appeal to the Head of Residential Accommodation. We will give seven days’ notice of the appeal hearing. If you need any independent advice, or think you've been treated unfairly, you should talk to staff in the Student Advice Centre in the Students’ Union.

Examples of “minor” offences

Inconsiderate or inappropriate behaviour

Min £ (per person)

Max £ (per person)

Inappropriate driving or use of vehicle (in addition to a fine you may have your parking permit revoked)

15

50

Littering or throwing objects from windows

15

100

Causing unacceptable levels of noise

15

100

Verbally abusive or offensive conduct

15

50

Minor damage to property

15

50

 

Fire risks

Min £ (per person)

Max £ (per person)

Propping open a fire door, obstructing fire exits or interfering with any self-closing device

15

50

Interfering with smoke/heat detectors or fire alarm sounders

50

100

Activating a smoke/heat detector without due care e.g. by cooking

15

100

Discharging a fire extinguisher without due cause

Fixed £100

Activating a fire alarm call point negligently or deliberately without due cause

50

100

Obstructing fire crews, residence staff, wardens, subwardens and security staff or refusing to co-operate with them

Fixed £100

Failure to evacuate the building if there is an alarm

15

50

 

Serious offences

Serious offences can include repeated minor offences, causing damage to property, anti-social behaviour – particularly involving other residents – and possession (without intention to supply) of illegal drugs or other banned substances.

The warden reports serious offences to the Head of Residential Accommodation. The Head, or his nominee, will investigate the matter and forward the case to the Residences Disciplinary Committee for further action.

The residents involved are informed of all the proceedings and paperwork, are given the opportunity to respond to the allegations made and are told the date of any disciplinary hearing which they are required to attend.

Residents who commit serious or major offences could be asked to leave their accommodation either temporarily or permanently.

Major offences

Major offences are things like: repeated serious offences, causing injury or making serious threats, harassment, abusive or dangerous behaviour, sexual assault, grievous or actual bodily harm, extreme nuisance, damage to or theft of property (usually where the amount is £500 or more), arson or attempted arson, repeated tampering with and/or disabling of security or safety systems, supplying illegal drugs and class A drug activity.

In these cases the Director of the Residences Disciplinary Committee will send a report to the University Secretary, who will address the issue under the University's General Regulations and notify the police if appropriate. Residents who commit major offences like these could be asked to leave their accommodation either temporarily or for good.