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Durham University

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Introducing the University Security Community Response Team

(15 October 2020)

We are proud that most of you have responded to the current Covid-19 restrictions positively. However, if behaviour falls below the standards we would expect, we will take swift and decisive action to protect other students, our staff and the local community. We have introduced a Community Response Team to support our local police during Covid-19 by engaging with students, explaining the current local and national Covid-19 restrictions, and encouraging students to observe these.

Two members of the CRT are now available from 8.30pm to 4.30am, seven nights a week – on patrol and ready to respond to incidents reported to the police. If you observe potential Covid-19 breaches, please report them to the Police via their website live chat function, https://www.durham.police.uk/Contact-us/Pages/101-Live-Chat.aspx, or by calling the 101 police non-emergency number. More information on the CRT is available here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/community/updates/?itemno=42817

The CRT is part of the new ‘yellow, amber, red’ Covid-19 disciplinary procedure that the Vice-Chancellor wrote to you about recently: https://www.dur.ac.uk/notices/discipline/