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Discipline and Deanery

The College is a community of people many of whom live in close proximity to each other. In order for it to work as a community, all members and other users of the College’s facilities need to have regard to the interests and rights of others. The College has rules (detailed in the College Guide), the aim of which is to help ensure that this happens. These are in addition to the University Rules, which again, are intended to make the whole University work as a community.

All students are expected to conform to both sets of rules and all new students should receive a copy of the College Rules. These have evolved over more than 40 years since the foundation of the College, are democratically arrived at and should be acceptable to all members. Fortunately, by far the majority of people behave in a thoughtful and considerate manner, if a little boisterous at times, so it is not necessary to invoke the rules very often. Nor are Deans and other College Staff here to stop you having an enjoyable time – only when this transgresses the proprieties of living in a community.

There are a couple of points from the rules about residences that are worth emphasising:

Residents may invite guests from outside the university, or non-resident students, to visit. One guest may stay for a short time in their rooms. Fire regulations, which we have a duty to enforce, require that the porter is informed beforehand of the name of the one guest staying and the duration of the stay – which in any case cannot exceed more than three nights in any one week.

It is permissible to hold block parties or private room parties, but clearly the interests of other residents have to be taken into account. Before holding such an event you must obtain the agreement of nearby residents and the permission of the Dean. This can be done through the College Residence Officer but you do need to give several days notice to ensure that the Dean can be contacted.

As with most community living, a good measure of reasonableness and tolerance will go a long way without having to invoke the disciplinary procedures.One breach which is looked upon most severely, however is the activating of the fire alarms for bravado or entertainment. The fire alarms and the extinguishers are there for your safety and the Fire Service does not look kindly on false alarms, not least because they know only too well what the fatal consequences can be of not being able to respond to a genuine call because of a false alarm. The College itself can be severely penalised for false alarms and we have to be at least as severe with those who perpetrate them.

On the occasions when it is necessary to enforce the rules, it is the Dean’s duty to do this and, where appropriate, take action. The Dean of the College is  Lyndsey Egerton and she is assisted by three Assistant Deans who are resident in College.

Breaches of the rules are usually dealt with by summary procedure by which the offender may be subject to a fine of up to £50 – though this figure is much higher in the case of damage or misuse of fire equipment and there may be the additional penalty of exclusion from residence. The offender may also be required to make good any loss or damage in addition to the fine. As an example, the replacement of a broken window could cost more than £100.

In more serious cases, or where summary disposal is not accepted, the case will be brought before the College Disciplinary Committee which may determine such penalties as it sees fit.