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Safer space & good conduct policy

This policy has been created with awareness that structures of our society systematically oppress and exclude certain groups of people (people of colour, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ+, people of a lower socio-economic background, and others) while giving others unequal power.

This policy seeks to enable equal participation by challenging oppressive and discriminatory behaviour.

In accordance with our core values, the Students’ Union is committed to creating a safe, tolerant, and inclusive environment so that all students are able to participate in Union events, activities and affairs that are free from bullying and harassment, and violent, aggressive, intimidating, oppressive and discriminatory behaviour. 

When engaging in events, activities and affairs hosted or supported by the Students’ Union, or hosted by Students’ Union affiliated groups such as sports clubs and societies, we ask that everyone pays attention to their conduct and refrains from the unacceptable behaviour listed above. 

The Students’ Union encourages debate and expects all members to be able to discuss conflicting viewpoints respectfully. All members should listen to others’ point of view, and use appropriate and respectful language at all times whilst recognising different perspectives.

This policy also covers 

a. online communication (for instance, on social media, blogging sites, online forums and discussion boards, video and photo sharing sites)

b. communication by text and email 

c. communication/conduct in public places

that is associated with Students’ Union events, activities or affairs, and we expect all members to refrain from bullying and harassment, or using threatening, aggressive, intimidating or discriminatory language in these circumstances. 

It is the collective responsibility of all to uphold good conduct and challenge others’ unacceptable conduct. If conduct is observed that is not in accordance with this policy, individuals may be asked to leave an event or activity, or removed from an online group, event or forum, by a representative of the Students’ Union; such as a staff member, elected officer, volunteer, or sport/society committee member. 

The Students’ Union has a discipline procedure that outlines how the Union will deal with any report of an incident of misconduct of individual members, as well as sports clubs, societies. If you witness, experience or are informed of an incident which you feel may be considered misconduct, you can report this to any member of Union staff or full-time elected officer who can formally report this on your behalf. Alternatively, you can submit the details of the incident through our online reporting tool. Our reporting process is confidential, impartial and will ensure that the spirit of this policy is upheld. Breaches of this policy may result in the Union’s disciplinary procedures being invoked. 

This following summary of this policy should be read at the start of all Union events, and a copy should be sent to each club and society who are encouraged to read it to their members.

In accordance with our core values, the Students’ Union is committed to creating a safe, tolerant, and inclusive environment. This means that all students should be able to participate in Union events without fear of bullying and harassment or violent, aggressive, intimidating or discriminatory behaviour. 
The Students’ Union encourages debate and expects all members to be able to discuss conflicting viewpoints respectfully. All members should use appropriate and respectful language when speaking, and respect others’ point of view when listening.
Everyone has the responsibility to uphold these principles and challenge unacceptable conduct. If you feel that this policy is being violated at any point please raise it with a Union officer, member of staff, or sport/society committee member, or make a formal complaint.