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Sociology Mentor Scheme Code of Conduct

For the scheme to be effective and productive, there are expectations and boundaries that both Mentor and Mentees must adhere to.

  • Any conversations shared between Mentor and Mentee must be kept private and in accordance to data protection guidelines. Your Mentor will note that you have met, but never what you have discussed. Your meetings are confidential, but there may be an occasion when your Mentor may need to contact a member of staff, particularly if they are seriously worried about your wellbeing.
  • Mentors and Mentees are to commit to attending any organised meetings, ensuring that they are punctual, and engage with each other. Please remember that your Mentor is doing this on a voluntary basis. If you cannot attend, please email one another in advance of the meeting.

  • Mentors and Mentees can meet on a 1:1 basis or in small groups, but never in a private place. All meetings between Mentor and Mentees to be held on University grounds.

  • Mentors and Mentees are not to exchange landline numbers or addresses. The exchange of mobile telephone numbers must be considered by both parties, and the potential issues that could arise.

  • Communication should be made during reasonable hours.

  • Mentors and Mentees must respect and uphold the equality and diversity principles set out by the university (here).

  • Any safeguarding concerns that arise must be communicated to the department's DSEP (Dr Andre Celtel) as soon as possible.

  • All Mentors and Mentees will adhere to the University and Student Unions' Health and Safety policy as well as the code of practices and policies which are available through the website.

  • You might want to talk about academic skills. However, Mentors are not expected to provide detailed subject-specific advice (for example, give detailed comments on drafts of written work, provide advice on departmental policies or provide detailed advice on academic issues such as referencing practice). Mentees should be pointed to their Personal Tutor or the department's DSEP (Dr Andre Celtel) for such advice.