Warwick Community: Our Community Values and Expectations
At Warwick, we value our diverse and international community, the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and research with real impact. We nurture intellectual challenge and rational, rigorous debate. We want to support our students and each other to become critical thinkers and collaborative yet independent learners – individuals with a global and sustainable outlook, who are able to make an active and positive contribution to society.
At the same time, we are committed to working towards a supportive, accessible and inclusive environment within which all members of our community can successfully learn, work, live and socialise. We uphold the importance not only of freedom of thought and expression, but also the significance of academic and personal integrity, equality and diversity, and mutual respect and consideration for the rights, safety and dignity of all. We place great importance on the responsible behaviour of both our students and staff at Warwick. It is important for you, as a student, to have an idea of Warwick’s core values and an understanding of the primary expectations of student members of the Warwick community.
Take a look at the following to help you understand what this means for you:
What is expected of Students at Warwick which summarises key expectations for students and signposts to associated support: https://warwick.ac.uk/students/studentbehaviour
Equal Opportunities Statement, setting the value we place on maintaining an inclusive environment where all can contribute and reach their full potential: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops
Dignity at Warwick Policy, setting out how our differences are respected and valued and how we aim to prevent and address harassment and bullying: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops/dignityatwarwick
University Strategy, which sets our vision as a world-class university and our values: https://warwick.ac.uk/about/strategy
University Calendar, the main ‘rule book’ and includes ordinances and regulations which you need to be aware of, including examinations, cheating, use of computing facilities and behaviour. As a History student at the University of Warwick, you are part of a vibrant and diverse community which is ambitious, passionate about learning, proactive and takes advantage of the many opportunities available to them, academically and socially. Your knowledge, values and aspirations are built into our teaching and learning approach. We’ll work as partners and co-creators so that your education is the very best and you gain maximum benefit from your time here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calendar
In order to ensure that this partnership is successful, each party has to undertake to fulfil certain responsibilities and abide by certain codes of conduct. Warwick Student Community Statement sets out the mutual aspirations and expectations of members of the University in fostering a high quality experience and enhancing the vibrant, welcoming, and yet challenging, Warwick community to which we all belong: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/aro/dar/quality/categories/wscs
What We Expect From You
The University’s Regulation 36 governs students’ registration, attendance and progress. The following is an extract from the Regulation:
- Students are expected to engage fully with their course of study, take responsibility for their own learning and co-operate with their department and wider University as members of the University community. Students must comply with the requirements for their course as set out by the department.
- Students are expected to inform departments of any health problems, changes in circumstances or other difficulties that may affect their progress. If a student fails to inform the department, these circumstances cannot be taken into account.
- Students may be required by the Head of Department to meet with staff in the department. Students may also be required to meet with administrative staff in the wider University.
- If a student’s progress or behaviour persistently fails to meet the expectations set out in this Regulation and departmental course requirements, the Head of Department may recommend to a Continuation of Registration Committee that the student be required to withdraw (under section 36.4.4).
The Departmental Calendar provides a one-stop source of information about events, including research seminars. We expect our PGRs to attend seminars, workshops and conferences where at all possible, since we believe this not only increases a sense of community but helps researchers with the approaches they take to their material and offers an important insight into academic life for those thinking of continuting with a university career.
Cyber Bullying and the Use of Social Networking Sites
Cyber bullying is a term used to refer to bullying through electronic media, usually via social networking sites, personal web pages, emails, Twitter, text messages, personal space provided by internet providers, and internet presence including social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram, and all other social media whether private, personal or public. In using all social media or posting online all staff and students should consider the content, language and appropriateness of such communications.
The following guidance is relevant for both students and staff in relation to online behaviour:
- Avoid using language which would be deemed to be offensive, threatening or humiliating to others in a face-to-face setting as the impact on an individual may be much the same or worse as it may not be possible to delete online information
- Avoid forming or joining an online group that isolates or victimises fellow students or colleagues
- Ensure that social networking sites are not used to access or share illegal content
- Avoid defamatory comments in relation to employees, students, customers or suppliers of the University
- Do not share confidential information regarding a University employee, student, customer or supplier.
Staff and students are encouraged to report incidences of inappropriate online behaviour. If alleged cyber bullying or harassment is reported it will be dealt with in accordance with this policy and may lead to disciplinary action in the same way as incidents that take place in a face-to-face setting.
Staff and students should ensure they comply with the University’s regulations governing the use of University computing facilities at https://warwick.ac.uk/services/gov/calendar/section2/regulations/computing