International Students House aims to achieve a respectful, tolerant, well-balanced and happy community. However, with so many young adults living together and many of them away from home for the first time, certain boundaries of acceptable behaviour must be established, along with penalties for those who breach these rules, by for instance disrespecting their fellow residents, ISH staff, ISH’s neighbours or ISH property. Examples of unacceptable behaviour include:
· Smoking in your room or in other parts of ISH Buildings
- Repeated disregard of Quiet Time rules
- Intentional damage to ISH property
- Tampering with fire equipment, detectors and alarms
- Failure to evacuate or comply with staff instructions during a fire alarm
- Abusive language or physical violence towards staff or other students
- Posting abusive or defamatory comments on social media or websites
- Bullying or harassment of any kind
- Theft from ISH or from others
- Possession, use or supply of illegal drugs (including cannabis)
- Excessive consumption of alcohol and anti-social behaviour
(note that this list is not exhaustive)
Disciplinary action will be taken against any resident who is in violation of ISH rules or whose conduct has a negative impact on the reputation of ISH. The action taken will depend on the nature of the incident, but please note that ISH reserves the right to terminate tenancy should a resident persistently through anti-social behaviour, disruptiveness and infringement of House Rules, seek to discredit ISH.
The disciplinary process would normally be instigated with a violation of House Rules being reported either to a Duty Manager or to the Dean of Student Life. A note of all breaches of House Rules will be kept on a resident’s record. Multiple breaches will lead to heavier penalties and will be taken into consideration e.g. if the resident applied to remain at ISH for another year. In the case of smoking offences, where compelling evidence is present, a £50 fine will normally be imposed on the spot, without the need for any further investigation. In other cases, the accused student will be invited to a meeting with the Dean of Student Life, so that further investigation can be conducted.
The conclusion to a disciplinary investigation could be either an informal (verbal) caution, a formal (written) warning, or a final written warning. This could be accompanied by a financial penalty (usually a £50 fine) or the imposition of some community service. In extreme cases, or where there has been repeated incidences of misconduct, the disciplinary action could result in termination of the resident’s tenancy with ISH.
Where a decision to terminate occupancy has been reached, a date by which the resident must move out will be specified (usually one month from the date that the decision is communicated in writing), as well as whether any pre-paid fees or deposit will be returned. However, any further breaches of house rules during this time will result in the resident being given 48 hours to leave.
Any student has a right to appeal against a decision to terminate their tenancy at ISH. This may be done by writing to the Chief Executive within 5 working days of the original decision. The Chief Executive may choose to call an Appeal Hearing, or may base their decision on written evidence received. In all disciplinary matters, the Chief Executive’s decision is final and is not subject to any further appeals.