During the current lockdown, access to our campuses is restricted to help limit the spread of Covid-19. There's some important information you need to know about who is allowed to come to campus, and Covid-secure behaviour to abide by when on campus.
During the current national lockdown, access to our campuses is restricted to help limit the spread of Covid-19. Certain groups of staff and students are allowed to access campus if they fall into one of the groups outlined in the FAQs below. Covid safety measures have been further enhanced to mitigate against the spread of the virus and all staff and students attending campus must agree to follow the rules below.
To maintain safety standards on campus for those staff and students who are attending, all staff who can work from home should do so and should only come onto campus if authorised.
Staff who are continuing to teach subjects exempt from the online-only model and those required for the functioning of campus facilities will be authorised to be on campus. Other members of staff, where Deans and Directors agree their presence is essential, will be authorised on a case-by-case basis.
Covid-secure behaviour on campus
To ensure that our campuses are as safe as possible for all staff and students, anyone who is authorised to come onto campus must follow these rules:
- Maintain 2 metre social distancing at all times
- Wear a face covering at all times and in all public spaces
If students have reason to be on campus with members of their domestic bubble (e.g. flatmates), they should still maintain 2 metre social distancing from each other. This makes it easier for our security and staff teams to monitor safe behaviour on campus, and is reassuring to everyone in our community that Covid-secure measures are being taken.
Whilst on campus, staff and students should continue to use the sanitisation stations provided and follow directions displayed around BCU buildings.
Reasonable adjustments for those unable to wear a face covering
From Monday 1 February, everyone must wear a face covering and maintain two metre social distancing at all times on campus. Some staff and students may have medical reasons for being unable to wear a face covering. These individuals will now require a consultation to ensure that if they come onto campus, they do not pose a risk to others and have adequate protection themselves. Lanyards will no longer be accepted as proof of exemption as these do not allow for additional safety measures to be put in place.
These are temporary measures which apply during the current period of lockdown. The University will review them when the Government lifts restrictions.
Students: If you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering, you’ll need to have an assessment via phone or suitable alternative, such as MS Teams, with our Mental Health and Wellbeing team before you are authorised to come onto campus. You do not need to disclose the nature of the reason for not wearing a face covering if you prefer not to – but you can work with Mental Health and Wellbeing to agree reasonable adjustments which will work for your circumstances. These will ensure you and our campus community remain safe and that we are able to support you when you come to campus.
Examples of reasonable adjustments include wearing a face shield or visor in all public places and providing a booked slot in a single office so that you can remove the face shield and work comfortably. The booked slot is necessary for us to co-ordinate cleaning between users.
To organise this, please choose this option on the registration form for access to campus on mySRS. A member of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Team will call you as soon as possible. If you are accessing our City South Campus and require an assessment with the team, you will also need to complete the registration form on mySRS.
Staff: If you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering but have been authorised to attend campus, please contact HR to discuss any mitigation which may be needed for you to attend campus.
Examples of reasonable adjustments for both staff and students include wearing a visor from the front door of a building to a private room, wearing a visor during face-to-face learning and being seated a distance away from other students or having a private room made available for you to study in. This list is not exhaustive.
Being on campus without wearing a face covering within an agreed reasonable adjustment plan
For both staff and students with a medical exemption, if they are authorised to be on campus, they will be issued with a letter explaining the reasonable adjustment which they can show to Security. All other people on campus must wear a face covering at all times.
Access to Campus Registration Form
To ensure that individuals on campus during lockdown are kept safe, all students who wish to access City Centre Campus from Monday 1 February 2021 must complete the registration on mySRS form before arriving. If you know you want to access buildings on campus, we recommend that you complete the registration form as soon as possible so we can assess if additional support is required to enable you to safely attend.
Once you have completed the registration form, you will be sent a confirmation to your BCU email address. You may be asked to show this to security when on campus, so keep a copy of the email handy.