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Durham University

Notices

Disciplinary outcomes

Friday 12 March 2021

We would like to update our community on two recent cases that were considered by Senate Discipline Committee:

Two students have been expelled from the University for serious misconduct related to breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

Our University community is based on respect and care for one another and for the local residents with whom we share our city. The vast majority of students have responded to Government restrictions, in place to help control the spread of Covid-19, as responsible citizens.

Nevertheless, the threat posed by Covid-19 is now acute and we must, if a student breaks the Government or University regulations, take swift and decisive action.

Working with Durham County Council Public Health Team and local partners, we have developed robust health and safety plans. These plans are informed by UK government and expert guidance, and enable us to provide a Covid-secure environment for our University community. We communicate regularly with our staff and students to remind them of the latest Covid-19 guidelines.

Report a Covid-19 breach

If you observe potential Covid-19 breaches, including large gatherings and house parties, please report them via the Durham Constabulary website live chat function or by calling the 101 non-emergency number.

Visit our dedicated web page to find out how we’re managing breaches of Covid-19 regulations.

+Friday 26 February 2021

We would like to update our community on two recent cases that were considered by Senate Discipline Committee.

A student committed a serious breach of our Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy and has been expelled from the University.

We have made a commitment to our community that we will promptly investigate and take action when individuals are found to have breached our values and standards of behaviour. Sexual misconduct and violence are matters of international concern and through our Sexual Misconduct and Violence Operations Group, our support and report systems and our discipline procedures, we are working to make Durham a safer place to live, work and study. There is no place in Durham for individuals who are found to have acted in this way.

We have in many instances led the UK higher education sector in tackling sexual misconduct and violence. In 2016, we were the first University to appoint a full-time, dedicated Student Support and Training Officer (Sexual Violence and Misconduct). We are investing further in this area and have recruited two full-time professional investigators and increased our funding for our specialist counsellors.

Find out more about our Sexual Misconduct & Violence Operations Group on our website.

A student has breached our non-academic misconduct policy and has received a fixed-term exclusion from the University.

We believe everyone has the right to work and study in an environment that is respectful, and where people feel comfortable to be themselves. As part of our drive to ensure we create a respectful and inclusive University culture, we expect staff and students to adhere to the University's values on behaviour and our regulations on conduct. Where an individual’s behaviour falls below the standard we would expect, we take swift and decisive action.

Our Respect Oversight Group (ROG) meets four times a year to oversee our progress in response to the Report of the Durham Commission on Respect, Values, and Behaviour. Recently we commenced the recruitment process for EDI Trainers who will develop and deliver vital training for all students, we also recruited additional Conduct Investigators who are improving the speed of complaint responses and we are using our Report and Support tool to shape our prevention and response strategies.

Find out more about our progress against the 20 recommendations on our Respect webpages.

Report an incident and seek support

Use our Report and Support tool to report an incident and find out about internal and external sources of support available for students and staff: https://reportandsupport.durham.ac.uk/

+Monday 12 October 2020

The following cases have been considered by Senate Discipline Committee:

A student committed a serious breach of our Sexual Misconduct and Violence Policy and has been expelled from the University.

We recognise that sexual misconduct and violence are matters of international concern and through our Sexual Misconduct and Violence Operations Group, we are working to make Durham a safer place to live, work and study. We have in many instances led the UK higher education sector in tackling sexual misconduct and violence. In 2016, we were the first University to appoint a full-time, dedicated Student Support and Training Officer (Sexual Violence and Misconduct). Now we are investing further in this area, by recruiting two full-time professional investigators.

A student made racist remarks on social media and has been expelled from the University.

We condemn all racism and hate crime in the strongest possible terms: racism has no place at Durham University. Having signed the Race Equality Charter in 2019, we are working to understand any institutional or cultural barriers that may stand in the way of BAME staff and students, and to improve representation, progression and success of BAME staff and students within our University community. We have introduced an online Report and Support tool through which staff and students can report unwanted behaviour and seek support. And we are working to implement the recommendations of the Durham Commission on Respect, Values and Behaviour.

Further communication with all staff and students can be accessed via the links below:
Message to all staff, Monday 12 October, 2020
Message to all students, Monday 12 October, 2020