The document linked in below has been produced by the Union's Student Groups Team and will give you a set of terms and conditions regarding how you should run your group and what we expect of you, alongside the Student Union's procedures.
What is the Code of Conduct?
The Code of Conduct is a set of expectations outlined to every committee and individual members.
Every member of a student group, including committee members, agree to adhere to the student group code of conduct when they pay for membership or sign up to free societies.
The Policy Includes but is not limited to:
- Alcohol Culture
- Individual Members
Please see the below document for further details.
What about Group Constitutions?
While in previous years, constitutions would have been a formal way for the groups themselves to set out their aims and objectives. This is no longer the case and while you are welcome to, you will not be required to create a constitution. Rather, as an alternative, we have adjusted the Student Group Code of Conduct to document what the Union expects of their student groups and their behaviours. This is to ensure that your group efficiently and fully conforms to these expectations set out by the Union.
You cannot be found in breach of these procedures and terms and conditions. If you are there will be repercussions for your group so it is advised that you make sure the whole committee are familiar with it.
If you are planning on having a physical Annual General Meeting (AGM*) this code of conduct can be addressed during the meeting to make the new committee members aware of this document. You should, however, use the committee hub for your reference throughout your time on a student group committee, and direct any new committee members to this document.
*If unfamiliar with the term, please see the page for The AGM Process under the 'AGMs, EGMs and Handover' heading
Do I have to Do Anything?
While it is not a requirement to sign a form to state that your group has read this, it is your responsibility to conform to the standards outlined in the document. It will always be available on this committee hub and we suggest always signposting your members and the next committee to the committee hub for their own information and overall benefit.