Coventry University student union launched its new ‘Dignity and Respect’ policy yesterday in the Hub. The policy is designed to support individuals who feel they are being bullied, harassed or humiliated. It also marks the start of National Ban Bullying week.
‘Dignity and Respect’ is about helping people to take control of the situation. The policy is supported by volunteers who are also University staffs who offer a “listening ear”.
Coventry University is committed to providing a study and work environment that is free from any form of discrimination, victimisation, bullying and harassment.
Some signs of bullying include: teasing, intimidation, physical threats, unwanted physical contact, inappropriate jokes and so on.
Whilst at the university every student as well as staff has the right to be treated and also an obligation to treat others fairly with dignity and respect. To achieve this, the university has a formal ‘Dignity and Respect’ policy and will not tolerate behaviours that breach this policy.
The ‘Dignity and Respect’ advisers provide a service which is informal and totally confidential and thus serves as an opportunity to discuss concerns and identify options or possible next steps to take.
The details of the advisers can be found on the University’s Equality and Diversity Staff and Student Portal. You can also contact the Equality and Diversity Office on Ext 7148 or alternatively email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the time of year when students are anxious to find a place to live. Apart from the existing students there will be an influx of first years coming in September. Finding the right place to live can seem a daunting task but when done patiently the result is rewarding.
Do take the following into consideration as you look for a place to live in the coming academic year.
- Decide the kind of accommodation you want to live in.
- Have a realistic budget you can afford.
- Choose your housemates carefully. If you are not getting along well in halls now it won’t get any better when you move in with them.
- Don’t rush into finding houses; nevertheless don’t leave it till the end.
- Go for at least two or three viewings before coming to a decision. Possibly go with a friend for a second opinion.
- Choose an accommodation with ‘character’ and also something that reflects you.
- Have a ‘good feeling’ about the house when you walk through the door.
- Have a clear idea of where you want to live whether in the city centre or on the outskirts of the ring road.
- Disperse the myth that students are untidy and hence pay no attention to where they live.
- Take into account the general cleanliness and up keep of where you choose to live.
When the difficult part of finding the perfect place is done…
- Ensure your deposit is secured.
- Keep a hard-copy of the contract agreement
- It is also advisable to keep a record or a receipt of all rent payments.
Now off you go to find the perfect abode. Good luck….