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Personal Relationship Policy

Expectations and obligations of employees of the University with respect to personal relationships with students and colleagues.

This policy sets out the expectations and obligations of employees of the University, agency workers and contractors, associates and others working for the University in the UK and abroad, with respect to personal relationships between students and staff and between colleagues, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

All staff are in a position of trust. It is important that they demonstrate exemplary behaviour towards all students. They should always give due consideration as to what is an appropriate environment and what is appropriate conduct in relation to activities they are undertaking.

The University recognises that socialising on a friendship basis between colleagues, staff and students is often a positive aspect of being an active member of the University community, however the nature of staff/student and staff/staff relationships imposes particular responsibilities and duties on staff. This policy is intended to ensure that appropriate safeguards and processes are in place to prevent abuse of power, sexual misconduct and harassment.

Download the full Personal Relationship Policy:

Personal Relationship Policy (PDF, 1 MB)