Drugs and alcohol
We are committed to providing a safe, healthy and productive working environment for all our students, staff and visitors. Our Student Charter clearly sets out what we all expect of each other. It recognises the importance of an effective partnership commitment, in which the University and its staff have professional obligations but where students are also responsible for themselves as learners and as individuals.
We expect all students to be aware that their conduct affects other students and reflects on the University, and to act accordingly. We are also all expected to be accountable for our actions and conduct. Cases of student misconduct involving drugs or alcohol will be investigated in accordance with our regulations for student conduct, and we will take disciplinary action where appropriate.
Our policy on alcohol and drugs is to reduce and prevent alcohol and drug problems within the student body.
Alcohol - If you are over 18 years old you are legally free to consume alcohol if you choose. However, you should also be respectful of fellow students who choose not to consume alcohol and mindful not to disturb flatmates or neighbours.
Drugs - It is a criminal offence to take, possess, manufacture or sell illegal drugs. We operate drug searches in our bars and venues, and across campus. If you are found to be in possession of drugs you will be subject to disciplinary procedures.
Looking after yourself and one another
Our advice is to drink sensibly to prevent the potentially harmful effects on your mental and physical health, as well as relationships and your studies.
We encourage all students to Be A Mate, and look out for one another, including when drinking alcohol. Knowing your limits, when to stop and letting your friends know when they need to stop can be a good way to protect yourself and your friends. Our Be a Mate campaign aims to support you with advice and tips to help each other.
We encourage you to Be A Mate and an active member of our community in alcohol-related settings, such as bars, nightclubs, or house parties. This means that if you see something wrong, unacceptable behaviour or a crime – say something or report it.
You should never feel pressured to do anything you don’t want to. It’s your choice.
You should respect the people you live with and their choices about drinking as well as being mindful not to disturb flatmates and neighbours.
Getting support for alcohol and drugs
• Speak to our Student Welfare team if you are concerned about yourself or another student
• Get free confidential support from RUSUs Advice Service
• You can also speak to your GP or find support, information and advice from a variety of organisations, including Down Your Drink, Frank, NHS, or the University Medical Practice