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Bye Law O: Membership Code of Conduct

Bye Law O: Membership Code of Conduct

1.0 Purpose

The following code of conduct has been ratified by the Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU) Board of Trustees and sets out the minimum standards of conduct and behaviour expected by all members, including all elected officers and associate members.

The Code of Conduct is intended to ensure that all members of CUSU have the best possible experience whilst they are studying at Coventry University.

The Code will also help us to facilitate an environment where all users of our services, visitors, members of the University and those members of the communities where our members live are treated with dignity and respect.

2.0 Introduction

2.1. CUSU aims to provide all of its members with the support and guidance they need to achieve success. The Membership Code of Conduct sets out the standard of conduct the Union expects of its members and that it believes is consistent with helping the overall membership get the most from their student experience.

2.2. The Membership Code of Conduct comprises:

2.2.1 The Membership Code of Conduct

2.2.2 The disciplinary procedure the Union uses for dealing with alleged breaches of the Membership Code of Conduct

2.2.3 The CUSU Zero Tolerance Policy

2.3. This Code does not apply to the conduct of staff towards members of CUSU.

2.4. For purposes of the Code a ‘member’ subject to this code shall include a member of any club, group and/or society operated by, or operating within, CUSU and which would otherwise be held accountable through their committee members, either individually or collectively to the University.

2.5. CUSU and the Board of Trustees have an ongoing responsibility to their membership as a whole and therefore have the right to suspend or terminate membership if in the event, a member’s conduct is found to be in breach of this code, or any part thereof.

2.6 Failure to comply with the Code of Conduct constitutes misconduct and may result in students being referred to the University’s disciplinary procedures

3.0 Membership Code of Conduct

3.1 The following shall constitute misconduct under the Membership Code of Conduct, however it is not an exhaustive list and CUSU can bring action in regard to other unacceptable behaviour.

In instances where offences are repeated or has been exercised on multiple occasions a more serious sanction may be imposed.

Any of these sanctions can be imposed on groups of students who contravene the Student Code of Conduct.

The examples of sanctions in the table below are indicative outcomes.

 

EXAMPLES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR

EXAMPLES OF SANCTIONS

Damage to CUSUs’

Reputation

Any behaviour that brings CUSUs’ reputation into disrepute including

  • Inappropriate social media posting
  • Destruction of property
  • intoxication
  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Requirement to make good damage at his/her/their own cost
  • Formal warning

Physical misconduct

  • Punching
  • Kicking
  • Slapping
  • Pulling hair
  • Biting
  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions

 

  • Pushing
  • Shoving
  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/training session
  • Written apology

Sexual misconduct

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  • All breaches of the Student Code of Conduct in this category will result in the issue being referred to the University for investigation and action
  • CUSU reserve the right to impose sanctions following the conclusion of the University investigation where appropriate this may include
  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

Abusive behaviour

  • Threats to hurt another person
  • Abusive comments relating to a person’s sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, race, pregnancy/maternity. Marriage/civil partnership, gender reassignment, disability or age
  • Acting in an intimidating and hostile manner
  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions

 

Use of inappropriate language

Repeatedly contacting another person (by phone, text, email or on social networking sites) against the wishes of the other person

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

Environment/

property

Causing significant damage to Students’ Union property, the property of students, employees of the University or Union or visitors to the University of members of the public or in the local community caused intentionally or recklessly

  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Requirement to make good damage at his/her/their own cost

 

Causing minor damage to Students’ Union property, the property of students, employees of the University or Union or visitors to the University of members of the public

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

Health and Safety

Act or omission that caused or had the potential to cause serious harm during Union activities e.g. TBA

  • Permanent exclusion from CUSU
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions

 

Act or omission that caused or had the potential to have caused a health and safety concern during Union activities e.g. TBA

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

Finance

Act intended to deceive the Union and deprive them of funds

  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Requirement to make good damage at his/her/their own cost

 

Breach of the Unions’ financial procedures

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

Elections

Failure to comply with the Union Regulations for conduct of elections and meetings.

 

  • Permanent exclusion from CUSU
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

Insurance/criminal convictions

Failure to report, within 14 days, any criminal conviction or any driving licence penalties, for any member that is responsible for driving any vehicle for and on the Union’s behalf\ Failure to abide by Union and University policies and procedures

 

 

       

 

 

4.0 Club / Society Membership Code of Conduct

In addition to the principles outlined in section 3.0 members of Clubs, Societies and Source Media agree to:

 

EXAMPLES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR

EXAMPLES OF SANCTIONS

Students’ Union Reputation

Causing significant damage to Students’ Union property, the property of students, employees of the University or Union or visitors to the University of members of the public or in the local community caused intentionally or recklessly

  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Requirement to make good damage at his/her/their own cost
  • Formal warning

 

Failure to compete in a manner of good sportsmanship, regardless of the nature of the competition, when representing the Union and the University in a sports fixture

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

Failure to operate within the rules of the sport/activity including national guidelines which govern the sport/activity

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

Being intoxicated at any event or activity where such behaviour could be deemed unacceptable or unprofessional.

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

Failure to be aware during social events of behaviour and the impact on others, particularly members of the local community.

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

Zero Tolerance

Not carry out, take part in or promote ‘initiation’ ceremonies

  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Requirement to make good damage at his/her/their own cost
  • Formal warning

 

Not use any form of peer pressure or bullying

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

Finance

Act intended to deceive the Union and deprive them of funds

  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Requirement to make good damage at his/her/their own cost

 

Breach of the Unions’ financial procedures

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

Failure to comply with the Union financial policies governing the use of funds to clubs and societies.

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

Failure to report, within 14 days, any criminal conviction or any driving licence penalties, for any member that is responsible for driving any vehicle for and on the Union’s behalf\ Failure to abide by Union and University policies and procedures

  • Exclusion
  • Suspension/exclusion
  • Restrictions/conditions
  • Formal warning

Health and Safety

Failure to report any concerns for the health and safety or welfare of its members

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session

 

Consuming alcohol whilst being transported to or from any activity organised under the umbrella of the Students’ Union or the University.

  • Formal warning
  • Compulsory attendance at a workshop/coaching session
  • Written apology

 

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