Our primary objective is to support your wellbeing, but we all have a role to play as one community to promote and protect the health, safety and wellbeing of one another and the wider community.
Covid-19 will mean that the 2020-21 academic year is unlike any other we have had, but we are working to make sure that you can have a good university experience, albeit different. It means that campus will look different, and events and teaching will be different too, but we’re still committed to ensuring your experience at BU is a good one. You can see some of the measures we have taken in our campus safety video and you read more about what campus will look like and how you will be learning on our website.
Every member of the BU community has a personal responsibility to adhere to guidelines and safety measures in place, for your own safety, and the safety of the community as a whole. We are asking you to be mindful of others, to understand that others may be shielding or more vulnerable to the virus, and play your part in keeping our campus, and our community, safe. The number of cases of Covid-19 at BU will be published each week on our website, and to keep these numbers low we need each member of the BU community to do their bit in following the rules. There is some more helpful information in this article.
Respect the guidelines
We expect you, as a BU student, to behave in a responsible manner and play your part in keeping our communities safe. We have already shared guidelines on what you need to do to ensure the safety of yourself and other members of the BU community. But it is equally important that you understand and follow national guidance when you are away from campus and interact with our local community.
BU will consider taking disciplinary action against any student who does not follow Covid-19 guidance and therefore puts members of the BU community and/or general public at risk by their behaviour. You can find out more information about what you should and should not do on the gov.uk website.
The government has advised meeting in groups of no more than six people in social settings, whether indoors or outdoors (including private homes, bars, restaurants, cinemas or other outdoor spaces). Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering is an offence, and the police may issue fines of £10,000 to those who break the law. This has already happened at one UK university.
You are able to go out, socialise and enjoy student life, but it is important that you are responsible at all times. The gov.uk website has more information about meeting people from outside your household and staying alert and safe.
When moving into your university accommodation you will be forming a new household. You are free to interact within your household bubble, regardless of the number, if your household (and/or support bubble) is larger than 6 people, this is your largest permitted group and you cannot meet as a group with any additional people. You must not exceed six people when inviting others into your household.
As well as wearing them in our indoor campus spaces, face coverings should be worn where social distancing is difficult to maintain or you are unable to guarantee good ventilation (unless you are exempt for health, age or disability reasons). It is also important to dispose of them safely and responsibly after use. Find out more information about when to wear face coverings, the exceptions to their use and how to make your own.
Washing hands and making space
It is vital that we all continue to wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds and/or use hand sanitiser. Try not to touch your face and remember to keep space between anyone outside of your household. If you are living in university accommodation your household bubble consists of your housemates.
NHS Test and Trace
If you or anyone you’ve had close contact with test positive for coronavirus, you’ll be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate. If you are contacted, you will be asked to provide them with the information they’ll need to help stop the spread of the virus. If you are moving to a new address at the start of term, it’s important to make sure that your contact details on myHub are up to date so that NHS Test and Trace can get in touch if they need to.
Protect each other
Knowing what to do in an emergency and doing your bit to follow the guidelines protects others – whether fellow students, staff members or the wider community.
Plan your journey
Think about where you’re going, how to get back and make sure you have what you need for your journey. Where possible you should walk or cycle to reduce the pressure on public transport and the road network. If you do decide to take public transport, you must wear a face covering unless you are exempt for health, age or disability reasons and it is worth checking the bus timetable so you’re not waiting around for too long.
You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or support bubble, if it is necessary for you to do this consider sharing transport with the same people each time, keep to smaller groups, open windows for ventilation and keep space between you. The gov.uk website shares further safer travel guidance for passengers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Check on friends and those in your household
Covid-19 has impacted us all differently and everyone’s experience of lockdown has varied. It is important to remember that although lockdown measures have eased, everyone is returning to normality at their own pace. Check in with your friends and housemates to understand what they are comfortable with at this time and do not pressure them into activities they would prefer not to take part in. Please keep this in mind when speaking with people outside the BU community.
What to do in an accident or emergency
In you’re involved in – or witness – an accident or emergency on campus you should call 01202 962222. That way we can make sure the right action is taken and any emergency services can be directed to the right location.
If you’re off campus, the national emergency number to call is 999. For non-emergencies off campus, call 101. These numbers work from both landline and mobile phones, so save them now and make sure you understand which number to call and when.
What to do if you have Covid-19 symptoms
If you feel unwell and show symptoms of Covid-19 you must follow the guidelines which are detailed on our keeping the BU community safe webpage. You can find further information relating to Covid-19 in our frequently asked questions.
Support our community
Get to know your neighbours
Whether you live in halls, a Unilet or private let, it’s good to get to know your neighbours as well as the people you live with. Some local residents may have had bad experiences with students in the past, so making a friendly introduction could really help – not only when you run out of milk, but they’ll be more likely to talk to you about any issues and less inclined to make complaints. The same goes with the other flats on your floor.
Don’t make too much noise
The people living next door may have to get up early for work, or have young children who don’t appreciate your 2am garden gossip. Your housemate might have an early lecture or just want to watch a film in their room. Leave home and return as quietly as possible if you are out late and let your neighbours know your contact number should the noise get too loud. Being considerate neighbours makes life more enjoyable for all.
Making too much noise can lead to a noise abatement order which if breached can lead to prosecution, a fine or community service and a criminal record.
We advise students not to bring their cars to university and instead make use of the excellent cycle, bus and rail networks in the area. The streets around BH9 can get very busy with lots of vehicles and not much off-road parking. If you have a vehicle, try to park off road if you can, but if you must park in the street, make sure you are not blocking anyone else’s driveway. Make sure that your vehicle wheels are not up on the pavement, blocking access to pedestrians, pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Bins and recycling
It is important you know when your rubbish collections are, and that you recycle responsibly and regularly to contribute to a more sustainable community. Check your bin collection dates and details of what sort of waste can be thrown into which bin on the Bournemouth Council webpage, visit www.bournemouth.gov.uk/binsrecycling.