Dear Strathclyde Students,
I hope you are settling into your residence and new university home, and I would like to reiterate my warm welcome to you. We are living in an extraordinary time for the whole world and living on campus under these exceptional circumstances presents some unique challenges for us all.
You will appreciate that it is essential that you - and each and every one of our students - adhere to the Scottish Government guidelines, especially those relating to social gatherings, to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to be respectful of the communities we live alongside.
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced that greater restrictions might be needed to interrupt the spread of the virus. Now, more than ever, our personal and collective conduct and behaviours are critically important. It is therefore vital that you abide by the law and guidance provided:
- Since 23 September – you cannot meet inside anyone else’s home. This means that you must not enter any other flat on campus, other than the one you are living in.
- Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 6 people from 2 households (your flat is your household)
- Since 14 September 2020 - restrictions on parties in private dwellings apply to student accommodation. Regulation 10 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 makes it an offence to attend a party in student accommodation
While the majority of students are complying with the law and Government rules, regrettably there have been social gatherings in and outside the residences in the student village over the past few days and incidents of aggressive behaviour towards staff. Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the University. It puts at risk your health and the health of fellow students, staff, your family and friends.
Our staff are working hard to maintain a safe and secure environment for you on campus. It is imperative that you follow their guidance and instruction for your own safety and that of our campus community. Any abusive and threatening language or behaviour will not be tolerated. The University will take disciplinary action against students who break the rules on social gatherings or fail to treat staff or their fellow students with dignity and respect. If we find that the law has been broken, disciplinary action may extend to expulsion from the University and a report to the police.
Your health and wellbeing, and that of all our students and staff within the Strathclyde Community is of the utmost importance to me, and to all the staff who teach and support you. If you need support or wish to report activity or irresponsible behaviour, please do so through report and support.
It is clear that we are in a critical phase in the fight against the virus and we all need to play our part in ensuring a safe environment for everyone. I am confident that as Strathclyde students, you will uphold our institutional values - People Oriented, Collaborative, Ambitious, Innovative and Bold – by supporting each other, behaving responsibly and adhering to the social distancing rules.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Strathclyde