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.
2.1. 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’
Any behaviour that brings CUSUs’ reputation into disrepute including
Use of inappropriate language
Repeatedly contacting another person (by phone, text, email or on social networking sites) against the wishes of the other person
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
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
Health and Safety
Act or omission that caused or had the potential to cause serious harm during Union activities e.g. TBA
Act or omission that caused or had the potential to have caused a health and safety concern during Union activities e.g. TBA
Act intended to deceive the Union and deprive them of funds
Breach of the Unions’ financial procedures
Failure to comply with the Union Regulations for conduct of elections and meetings.
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:
Students’ Union Reputation
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
Failure to operate within the rules of the sport/activity including national guidelines which govern the sport/activity
Being intoxicated at any event or activity where such behaviour could be deemed unacceptable or unprofessional.
Failure to be aware during social events of behaviour and the impact on others, particularly members of the local community.
Not carry out, take part in or promote ‘initiation’ ceremonies
Not use any form of peer pressure or bullying
Failure to comply with the Union financial policies governing the use of funds to clubs and societies.
Failure to report any concerns for the health and safety or welfare of its members
Consuming alcohol whilst being transported to or from any activity organised under the umbrella of the Students’ Union or the University.
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