Health and Safety
Protecting the safety and wellbeing of our community is a collective responsibility for us all.
- Self-isolate (stay at home) if you are required to, for example because you have symptoms of or have tested positive for COVID-19, you have been told to by NHS Track & Trace, or asked to for other reasons
- Notify the University if you receive a positive test result for COVID-19 using our online positive test reporting form
- Wear a face covering in indoor spaces and when you come in to contact with those you don’t regularly spend time with
- Take regular lateral flow tests, even if you have had one or both doses of the vaccine
- Ensure you understand your personal obligations to cooperate with the NHS Test & Trace responsibly, which includes making them aware of your connection with the University
- Keep your term-time address up to date on your RISIS record for case management and wellbeing support purposes
- Maintain good hand hygiene at all times.
- Do not attend campus if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or another infectious illness
- Carry ID on campus and present it to a member of staff if asked - see below for more information.
- Follow all directional and entry/exit systems, arriving at and leaving buildings or classes promptly, and adhering to maximum room capacities,
- Remember to book in advance to meet support services on campus or use facilities where this is required.
Please note that our expectations of you are in addition to our normal student conduct regulations, which continue to apply.
We strongly recommend that all students have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they can. All university students in England, including international students, can receive the vaccine for free.
Lateral flow tests
We ask all students on campus to take two Lateral Flow Tests a week, three days apart. You should also take a test before traveling to university for the start of term, and again when you arrive.
Testing helps to identify those who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 but are unknowingly carrying the virus, which will contribute to keeping the number of cases on campus as low as possible.
You can collect a pack of seven Lateral Flow Tests from the Library Café Mondays - Thursdays, 13:00 – 16:00. You can also take Lateral Flow tests at one of the many community LFD test sites, or alternatively free home test kits can be ordered online.
Safety measures on campus
We regularly review our health and safety control measures, and you should read all emails from the University carefully to keep up to date.
The following control measures will apply on our campuses from 6 September 2021:
Face coverings and personal hygiene: In line with government changes, face coverings will no longer be expected. However, we will continue to encourage face coverings to be worn when moving around in indoor spaces and when in close contact with those you do not regularly spend time with. They can be removed when sitting at a desk (for example, in classrooms and the Library) or once seated in our catering outlets. Regular hand washing and sanitising remain effective ways to minimise the risk of virus transmission and continue to be encouraged. Hand sanitiser stations will remain in place across campus.
Lifts: To reduce the risk of virus transmission through the touching of buttons, lifts will be restricted to only those with reduced mobility, and hand sanitiser stations will remain outside lifts. Please be respectful of those who need to use the lifts.
One-way systems and signs: One-way systems, physical barriers and associated signage will remain in place. However, in the event of an emergency evacuation, one-way systems can be disregarded. Disabled students and staff and those with mobility challenges can also disregard one-way systems to ensure access as required.
Cleaning regimes: Our enhanced cleaning regime will remain in place in all areas on campus.
Social distancing: Consistent with the change in government policy for England, minimum 2 metre social distancing will no longer be the default requirement across all activities on campus, including in classrooms and the Library.
Our commitment to you
- We will prepare and respond to any changes in the local or national situation quickly, providing advice and information by email for major updates, or on our Essentials webpages.
- We will offer you support from our range of dedicated specialist support teams, as well as academic support.
- We will provide health and safety measures appropriate to the circumstances, reviewing this regularly.
- We will support you if you let us know you get a positive COVID-19 test, need to self-isolate, or would like support with your general wellbeing.
- We will do our best to ensure a secure campus and investigate reported incidents of misconduct and take appropriate disciplinary action.
Campus Security and ID
Our University Security team has a really important role in keeping our community safe. This will sometimes involve having to identify if people on campus are part of our University community or not.
It is a requirement for students to show identification to a University staff member if asked. This can be any form of identification but carrying your campus card with you at all times means that you can quickly and easily show not just who you are but that you are a University of Reading student.
You can also collect a free ‘sunflower’ lanyard from the Support Centres, which you can choose to wear if you have a hidden disability, and in particular if it means you are exempt from wearing a face covering.
Respect and Tolerance
Please be courteous, respectful and patient towards all members of our community, including students, members of staff and neighbours, whether you are interacting in person, online using University systems, or on social media. Take steps to protect the health and safety of those around you, being mindful that their concerns and preferences may differ to your own.
You should feel able to raise this with people in a polite and supportive manner and, likewise, be understanding if someone alerts you to behaviour that makes them feel uncomfortable.
Our health and safety measures are in place not just to protect you but all members of our community, including those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. It is essential that students and members of staff can safely study and work alongside one another.
The University’s disciplinary procedures provide for a range of disciplinary outcomes ranging from warnings to fines for students who do not adhere to these rules. In serious cases or where there is repeated breach of the rules, fines can be increased and you could be expelled from Halls and/or the University.
- Let us know if you have any health conditions that may require additional arrangements, by contacting the Disability Advisory Service (DAS)
- Speak to a member of staff (for example, your Module Convenor, SDTL or Support Centre) if you do not feel the arrangements in place are suitable to protect your health. If you would like to report more formal concerns about behaviour, please email email@example.com.
- If you have any concerns about your own wellbeing, or that of someone else you know, please contact our dedicated team at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice.
- Report any safety incidents to us using our online form.