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Our Principles

What we stand for: our principles

These principles represent our expectations of how we behave as a University Community, both as individuals and as an institution. They also inform our approach to taking appropriate action when these expectations are not met.


Principle 1: We treat everyone with respect

Everyone in our community has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their status, rank, grade, belief or any protected characteristic.

Whilst we uphold freedom of expression, ensuring the right of people to express views (within the law) that are unpopular or controversial, we do not accept those views being expressed in ways which do not respect others.


Principle 2: We do not tolerate discrimination

We value each other’s individuality. We do not tolerate discrimination. This includes:

  • Sexism
  • Misogyny
  • Racism, colourism or xenophobia
  • Homophobia, biphobia or discrimination based on sexual orientation
  • Transphobia or discrimination based on gender identity
  • Ableism
  • Classism
  • Ageism
  • Discrimination based on religion or belief
  • Discrimination relating to parental status.
  • Bullying and harassment

We remove all structural or systemic barriers to equality in the University.


Principle 3: We do not tolerate sexual misconduct, violence or abuse

We support anyone in our community who is subject to any form of sexual misconduct, violence or abuse.

We prioritise their safety and wellbeing, whilst ensuring the dignity of all those involved in any investigations or disciplinary proceedings.

We ensure that victims are responded to in a safe, supportive, trusting environment.

We listen to the voice of the victim when considering sanctions.


Principle 4: We keep our campus and community safe

Warwick is a global and connected campus. Our campus and community is welcoming and safe.

We do not tolerate any kind of:

  • Violence
  • Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Harassment

Principle 5: “We” means all of us, students and staff alike

We model the behaviours we expect. We provide visible leadership to drive the cultural change required.

We believe in education as a positive force. We support people to understand our expectations.

We speak out and challenge inappropriate behaviour, where it is safe to do so. We encourage, equip and support people to do so.

When our principles are not adhered to we take prompt action.

We are open and transparent and willing to learn from our mistakes.

We welcome feedback.

We hold ourselves accountable.