Ordinance 28, Appendix 1: Rules of conduct for members of staff

Rules of Conduct for Members of Staff

General Requirements

 Members of staff are expected to:

 (i)        Observe the terms and conditions of their contract of employment;

(ii)        Comply with the duties of their post as reasonably required by their Appropriate Manager;

(iii)       Observe all University rules, regulations, codes of practice and policies including but not limited to Data Protection Policy and the Equality and Diversity Policy;

(iv)       Take reasonable care in respect of the health and safety of others and comply with Health and Safety Policy.

 Gross Misconduct

 Gross misconduct is a serious breach of contract and includes misconduct which in the University’s opinion likely to prejudice the University’s business or reputation or irreparably damage the working relationship and trust and confidence between the University and the employee. If proved, the normal consequence will be summary dismissal (that is, dismissal without notice). It is not possible to give a definitive list of all the offences that may constitute gross misconduct and, in any event, each case will be dealt with on its own facts. Examples of gross misconduct may include the following:-

 (i)        theft, fraud, dishonesty or deceit (including the provision of false or misleading information, bribery or corruption, or falsification of University records);

(ii)        any act of violence or attempted violence, bullying or abusive or threatening or offensive behaviour towards people or property;

(iii)       deliberate or serious damage to property;

(iv)       serious misuse of University property including using intellectual property for unauthorised purposes;

(v)        being under the influence of alcohol, non-prescribed drugs or other substances during the course of employment (whether or not on University premises);

(vi)       possession, use, supply or attempted supply of illegal drugs;

(vii)      repeated or serious failure to obey instructions or other serious act of insubordination;

(viii)     a serious and deliberate breach of the University’s policies and procedures on health and safety or and conduct likely to endanger the health or safety of others;

(ix)       serious negligence, neglect or failure in the performance of duties;

(x)        indecent, disorderly or immoral conduct during employment;

(xi)       unauthorised use, disclosure or divulgence of any confidential or proprietary information, trade secrets and/or intellectual property (i) belonging to the University; or (ii) in relation to which the University owes a duty of confidentiality to a third party;

(xii)      deliberate accessing of internet sites containing pornographic, offensive or obscene material;

(xiii)     a serious breach of the University’s policies and procedures in relation to the use of IT, telecommunications, email and the internet;

(xiv)     unauthorised use, processing or disclosure of personal data contrary to the University’s policies and procedures in relation to data protection;

(xv)      fraud or plagiarism in connection with academic research or failure to comply with the University’s Research Misconduct policy;

(xvi)     failure to respect the rights of any student or member of staff of the University or any visitor to the University, to freedom of belief and freedom of speech;

(xvii)    a serious or deliberate breach of the terms and conditions of employment or the University’s policies or operating procedures;

(xviii)   accepting or offering bribes or other secret payment or other breach of the University’s policies and procedures in relation to corruption and bribery;

(xix)     conduct which constitutes a criminal offence, of a kind that is judged in all the circumstances to be relevant to the employee’s employment by the University, whether committed on University premises or elsewhere;

(xx)      undertaking unauthorised paid or unpaid employment during your working hours; 

(xxi)     knowingly taking parental, paternity or adoption leave when not eligible to do so or for a purpose other than supporting a child;

(xxii)    unlawful discrimination or harassment;

(xxiii)   giving false information as to qualifications or entitlement to work;

(xxiv)   any other behaviour considered by the University to be prejudicial to the interests or reputation of the University.