Unless a government exemption applies to you, a face covering must be worn:
- When entering and passing through any university building
- In all indoor university spaces, except where on arrival at your destination:
- You are the only person using the room (you must replace your face covering if another person enters the room)
- Where a risk assessment has been carried out and has determined that wearing a face covering will lead to increased risk of physical harm (e.g. Chemical labs), or a detriment to teaching/learning
- You are a resident in campus accommodation and the space is your bedroom or a shared household area (e.g. kitchen, lounge etc)
It is important to remember there are a number of people for whom wearing a face covering is not compulsory. For example, those who are not able to put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical condition, mental illness, sensory impairment or disability, and those travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate. A full list of exemptions can be found on the Government website.
Printable exemption cards and mobile phone badges are available from the Government website for anyone who is eligible. We would encourage any student or staff member who is exempt from wearing a face covering to inform their teaching staff (or other staff with whom they interact) that they are exempt. If you see anyone on campus who is not wearing a face covering, please bear in mind that there might be a reason for this. If it is vital that an individual is asked or reminded if they have access to a face covering, this should always be done sensitively.
Posters are in place around campus to remind us about face coverings, as well as that not everyone is able to wear a face covering. We trust that those who should, will, as it is now more important than ever that we look out for the health and wellbeing of others.
Students and staff are required to wear face coverings in teaching spaces unless they are exempt or where a risk assessment has been carried out and has determined that wearing a face covering will lead to increased risk of physical harm (e.g. Chemical labs). Staff can also remove their face covering in a teaching environment where there is a detriment to teaching/learning if worn and 2 metre physical distancing can be achieved.
You need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) on entering and moving around the building. You can remove your face covering when you reach your office if it is single occupancy. If it is not single occupancy, you should continue to wear it.
You need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) when moving around the building and when reaching your destination, i.e. a colleague’s office.
Students and staff need to wear a face covering (unless exempt) on entering and moving around the building. Students can remove their face covering when they reach their flat.
Whilst students and staff may be reminded about the usage of face coverings, this should be done sensitively and we will continue to communicate this through eBulletins, posters and digital screens across campus. However, if it makes you feel more comfortable in the event anyone does ask you, you can print an exemption card or phone badge from the Government website, or there will be some available in Student Services at Registration which you can carry with you on campus.
Yes, the requirements regarding face coverings apply to all visitors and contractors who enter University premises as they would do for staff and students. If you are responsible for arranging or facilitating this access please make sure that the requirement to wear face covering (unless exempt) is communicated in advance.
All students and staff are required to adhere to revised campus arrangements, such as observing social distancing measures, new directional guidance (including one-way systems, etc.) and cleaning and hygiene regimes.
All students and staff (except those who are exempt) are required to wear face coverings in all applicable indoor areas.
We continue to encourage appropriate behaviours to maintain the health and wellbeing of all our students and staff.
We will be mindful that some students and staff may have a disability, a medical condition or other reason for not wearing a face covering.
Academic staff should remind students at the start of a face to face session that everyone who can wear a face covering, is expected to wear one and where the nearest outlet is should anyone need to buy one.
Students and staff should be treated with dignity and respect at all times, recognising the sensitivities and concerns presented by the current situation.
Concerns around inappropriate staff behaviour can be addressed through the relevant line manager.
Concerns around inappropriate student behaviour can be raised through the student misconduct office.
Concerns around a need to strengthen communications to reinforce our inclusive values and behaviours can be raised through the Inclusion & Campus Community Team.