Why is the University concerned about off-campus behaviour?
The Conduct Regulations are in place to protect the well-being of the students, staff, the wider community and the reputation of the University. As a Queen’s student, you have a responsibility to ensure that your behaviour does not have an adverse impact on the University’s environment, its reputation, your neighbours, the local community or those who work or study at the University. At registration and enrolment, you agreed to abide by the terms of the Student Charter and the University’s Regulations, including the Conduct Re.
In order to prevent students being brought before the courts for incidents of minor anti-social disturbance, the Belfast City Council and the Police have agreed that they will report allegations of off-campus student misconduct to the local universities who will deal with it under their respective conduct regulations. This may prevent you from being convicted of a criminal offence and acquiring a criminal record.
The main role of the statutory agencies is to record the details of the incident of misconduct and forward to the universities. However, action may also be taken by Belfast City Council or the Police if those agencies consider it necessary or appropriate.
Engaging in misconduct could result in you receiving a criminal record, may prevent you from obtaining your degree and could jeopardise your career. For more information please see Students in the Community.
I live in a student area so why can’t I have a big party in my rental accommodation?
Despite being home to large groups of students, the area around the University is not solely occupied by students. You share the area with long-term residents both from Northern Ireland and abroad, families and young professionals as well as other students. Everyone, including you, is entitled to live without being disturbed by excessive noise or other annoyance.
You should also make sure that you follow any Government guidance in relation to social distancing and wearing of masks etc. or any advice and guidance issued by the Public Health Authority or the University in relation to the current Covid-19 pandemic.
My neighbours are causing excessive noise, what can I do?
The Belfast City Council Noise Team and the Police will deal with complaints about excessive noise. They will attempt to resolve the situation but will also report the property address to the local universities who will then investigate the incident further. You, as a resident of the local area, may make a complaint about excessive noise.
You may also wish to speak to the Community Engagement Team if you are experiencing difficulties with your neighbours.