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You and your community

Page last updated: 14 April 2021

You are part of NTU, and we are a community built on respect. We're a community that supports one another to do the right thing. But this is bigger than NTU, you are a member of the wider Nottinghamshire community and we all need to work together to keep our University, city and country safe.

Help keep your community safe

This academic year it’s more important than ever that we all act responsibly and consider our impact on the community around us. We’re incredibly proud of you and your positive contribution to the communities in which you live, study and work, from volunteering to simply being good neighbours.

Our local neighbourhoods are keen to welcome students back to Nottingham – but we need to keep them safe by respecting social distancing and meeting government guidelines.

Please be considerate of your neighbours and your community by behaving as a good citizen, keeping noise levels low and adhering to Government advice around social distancing.

Your behaviour, your noise and your decisions have consequences for the families and residents around you. And this year, due to COVID-19, your considerate behaviour could also be critical to the wellbeing and safety of your local community.

Wearing a face covering

Face coverings should be worn at all times inside all NTU buildings, unless you are exempt. Wearing a face covering helps to protect you and those around you from COVID-19.

The Government advises that face coverings should be used in all higher education learning environments, providing their use does not impact teaching and learning.

Some of our community are exempt from wearing a face covering for reasons which may not be visible, so please let’s be kind and trust one another to do the right thing.

If you’re exempt from wearing a face covering please let your tutor know. You may also feel more comfortable showing something that says you are exempt. We have free signifier lanyards available from reception desks on campus, or you could buy a Hidden Disabilities card. The gov.uk site also offers advice on exemption cards if you’d like to find out more.

Please remember to always bring your own face covering with you when you come on to campus. Thank you for helping to keep our NTU community safe.

COVID-19 restrictions

The Government confirms that: “all remaining higher education students will be able to return to campus for in-person learning from Monday 17 May at the earliest, alongside Step Three of the roadmap for leaving lockdown."

Our campuses remain open for students who are permitted to return or who have exceptional circumstances. These include those who do not have access to appropriate alternative accommodation, adequate facilities, or study space, or where you judge you need to return for your own wellbeing or health or safety reasons.

We are still very much here to support all our students. Our Student Support Services team can offer practical advice on a range of subjects, including your finances, and have experienced staff who can offer mental wellbeing and emotional support.

Regular testing for those on campus

We will continue to offer on-campus Lateral Flow Testing to all students and colleagues who need to be on campus, please test regularly to help keep our NTU and wider community safe. Please remember to minimise your contact with people until you have received your negative test results. If you test positive for COVID-19 you should not return to campus, instead you should self-isolate at your current address and let us know by completing the NTU Coronavirus Tracking form, so that we can support you.

House parties

The Government has introduced a new £800 fine for those attending house parties, including in halls of residence, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400. These fines will apply to those who attend illegal gatherings of more than 15 people from outside their household.

At university, a household is a group of people living in a shared house or flat. If you are in halls, it’s the people on your corridor, who you share a kitchen and bathroom with. It doesn't include everyone in the same block.

We’re proud of the way our students have behaved and supported each other during the pandemic to keep our NTU and wider community safe. Please continue to do the right thing by adhering to Government guidelines and our NTU Student Code of Behaviour.

Student Code of Behaviour

NTU has measures in place to protect you and others both inside and outside the University, we also advise you to follow government guidelines with regards to social distancing and the use of face coverings.

As a student at NTU you will be aware of the Nottingham Trent University Student Charter, which is accepted by all students at the point of joining the University. The Student Charter is founded on respect, integrity and clear communications, and captures what the University expects of you.

Alongside this sits the Student Code of Behaviour, which outlines how NTU expects you to behave. This includes:

  • Treat students and colleagues equally and respectfully, in the spirit of equality and diversity, and creating an inclusive university community;
  • Ensure a safe and secure environment in accordance with Health and Safety standards;
  • Treat staff and fellow students with dignity and respect;
  • Commit to the terms and conditions of being a Nottingham Trent University student;
  • Respect the physical and online environment of the University, including learning, social and living accommodation and behave respectfully towards our neighbours as a responsible member of the local community.

The vast majority of students make an active and positive contribution, but anyone found to be in breach of the Student Code of Behaviour could face disciplinary action that may result in a warning, a fine, or – in serious cases – suspension or expulsion from the University.

Breaking COVID guidance

If you are reported to us for breaking COVID guidance then you could expect to receive a warning letter and a fine of up to £500.

Examples of breaking COVID guidelines include:

  • If you have unauthorised guest(s) at your place of residence
  • Failure to self-isolate
  • Organising or attending a party
  • Recording or sharing videos of parties on social media
  • If you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice from the local authorities
  • Abusive or aggressive behaviour

Multiple breaches will result in escalating fines, a final written warning and/or an investigation. Depending on the severity of the incident you may also receive a suspension from your university studies, followed by a referral to a Serious Disciplinary Panel which could result in permanent expulsion from university.

These are just examples and the sanction imposed will depend on the circumstances and may be increased. Please read the appendix for COVID guideline breaches alongside the full Student Code of Behaviour policy.

Useful links and contacting us

To learn more about the support available to all NTU students please visit our StudentHub.

If you’ve got a question about being on campus please email ntu.beingoncampus@ntu.ac.uk. Alternatively, please call +44 (0)115 848 6060 and select option 1. This line is open Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 5 pm.

Help keep yourself, your friends and your local community safe by following Government guidelines on self-isolating, social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings (in shops, public transport and on campus) and limiting the number of people you have contact with at any one time.

Still need help?

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