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Campus Community Pledge 2020-21

Campus Community Pledge


During this global COVID-19 pandemic the health and safety of our staff and students has been and will continue to be of paramount importance. The University has already and shall continue to put in place appropriate measures, in line with advice from the Public Health Agency (PHA), to help us safely engage with others, move around, study and work on campus. 

However, for these measures to be effective, we all must play our part.

We ask everyone at the University, both staff and students, to commit to the Campus Community Pledge and in doing so behave in line with our core values ICARE (Integrity; Connected; Ambition; Respect and Excellence). 

It is even more important than ever that we all remain connected to each other. We also have an important civic role to play in ensuring the health and safety of our wider community. It is up to each of us to conscientiously do our part.

We must also ensure that we behave with integrity and treat each other with respect ensuring that we adhere to public health guidance. This pledge therefore is shared by both staff and students as we work together to create a safe campus community.

  • We accept the role that we have to play in making sure that the areas in which we live, work, and study are as safe as they can be. We note that this pledge sits alongside other University policies including, but not limited to, the Student Charter and Staff Code of Conduct and that we have a duty to help create an environment where we all feel respected and one which is safe to study and work.
  • By following University and Public Health Agency guidance, I will show understanding and respect to others within and around the campus community including other students, staff, my colleagues, my neighbours, and all of those who work on campus. I recognise that I may not know the individual personal circumstances and concerns of others (especially those with hidden disabilities and/or underlying health conditions) and I therefore commit to being respectful of others at all times, and acknowledge my role in helping others feel safe.
  • If I experience COVID symptoms I will follow Public Health Agency guidance to self-isolate and I will get a COVID test as necessary. If I test positive for COVID-19 or have COVID symptoms, I will report these according to the processes established within the University. If relevant, I agree to the Public Health Agency and Public Health authorities sharing my COVID test results confidentially with the University COVID response team to aid the University’s response.
  • If I am challenged about my behaviour I will respond in an open, positive, and respectful manner – listening carefully to understand the concern and changing my behaviour accordingly. I understand my duties in terms of health & safety to ensure the wellbeing of everyone on campus and acknowledge that wilfully or recklessly breaching such requirements can result in advice, guidance or disciplinary processes. 

For further information, please see the University Information on COVID-19. This page includes links to where you can get further current advice and guidance.