Pursuing the UWC mission – to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future – requires a commitment to the following values: international and intercultural understanding, celebration of difference, personal responsibility and integrity, mutual responsibility and respect, compassion and service, respect for the environment, a sense of idealism, personal challenge, action and personal example.
At the heart of the UWC ethos is respect for others in all our actions and words. This means that we must think about the common good and be able to rise above our individual desires and needs. In short, our ideals require good heartedness from all members of the UWC community and recognition that cultural norms are diverse.
The Code of Conduct is required to make expectations clear. Students who accept a position at a UWC school or college commit to the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle, one that avoids potential harm to self and to others. The following are not tolerated:
All members of staff are expected to respond to inappropriate behaviour by students and to report it to the students’ tutors.
Students who are 18 or over are allowed to consume beer, cider and wine in moderation in pubs, restaurants and other licensed establishments. However, the College does not allow:
Students of 18 or over who abuse the privilege of moderate consumption of alcohol in licensed establishments will have that privilege withdrawn.
Repeated breaches of other aspects of this policy by any students, irrespective of age, will result in a disciplinary response which may include in-house suspension or expulsion.
If there is a reasonable suspicion that a student is consuming, or in possession of drugs or controlled substances, a search of his/her property may be carried out.
Any student known to have sold drugs to fellow students will be reported to the Police and expelled.
No form of sexual assault or harassment will be tolerated. This is a zero-tolerance policy. This includes non-consensual sexual acts, inappropriate touching, unwelcome advances, and any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature which is considered to be intimidating, degrading or humiliating. It should be noted that a heavily intoxicated person cannot reasonably be expected to knowingly consent to sexual activity.
If sexual assault or rape is alleged, safeguarding protocols will be instigated with immediate effect for students under the age of 18. Depending on the nature of the assault, the Police and/or Social Services may be involved. This decision will normally rest with the Local Safeguarding Children Board. Where victims aged 18 or over do not want the Police to be contacted, the students accused of the sexual assault will be questioned by senior members of staff. The College does, however, reserve the right to report any allegation of sexual assault to the Police where there is a legitimate concern for the safety and/or wellbeing of other students. Students found to have committed an act of sexual assault will be expelled from the College except under exceptional circumstances.
Whenever there is a concern as to whether the presence of an alleged perpetrator of an act of sexual assault remaining on campus adversely affects a victim, then that person will be asked to leave the campus. During any on-going investigation, this will be dealt with as a ‘neutral’, rather than disciplinary act. The alleged perpetrator will be asked to return home if possible. If this cannot happen, the College will find alternative accommodation.
No form of harassment or bullying will be tolerated. This is a zero-tolerance policy. This includes sexual harassment, stalking, cyber-bullying, shaming other students, slandering other students, excluding students from public events, places, or social life at AC, or any other kinds of antisocial or targeted behaviour that makes other students feel uncomfortable, unsafe, or unwelcome.
All reports of harassment or bullying to AC Staff will be investigated. Students found to have committed an act of harassment or bullying will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the College.
In all instances in which a student is found guilty of sexual assault, harassment or bullying and not expelled from the College, the student will attend counselling sessions to better understand the nature and consequences of the offence, and to begin the process of restitution to the individual and the community.
Students must respect other people’s property including the College’s property and buildings. Theft, including ‘borrowing without permission’, will not be tolerated. On discovery of theft, searches of students’ dormitories may well be carried out and the Police contacted. Students found to have committed an act of theft will face disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the College.
Students play an active role in all aspects of College life. Full attendance at academic lessons; service, physical and creative activities sessions; tutor group and house meetings; and assemblies is essential and expected. Failure to meet attendance expectations will result in disciplinary action including letters to parents and national committees.
Early departure to, or late return from, holiday periods will not be authorized, except under exceptional circumstances. A Leave of Absence Request Form must be completed by the student and approved by the Head of Tutors. Requests for any absence involving overnight stays must be supported by a Parental Consent Form to be considered.
All absences (authorised and unauthorised) will be recorded on a student’s report at the end of each term.
Students must be back in their Houses for check-in at 22:15 from Sunday through Thursday and at 23:15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Students are expected to manage their time well and to get sufficient sleep. In order to ensure uninterrupted sleep, students must not visit any room other than their own between 23:00 and 07:00 the following morning. Students are expected to stay in their Houses after check-in until 06:00 the following morning.
Students are expected to read, understand and follow the College’s fire safety regulations. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
Students are expected to read, understand and follow the College’s IT Acceptable User Policy. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
All students are expected to actively contribute to the College’s sustainability mission through their actions and choices. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
To protect the fabric of buildings and the safety of students, access to all roofs is strictly prohibited. Access to the Watchtower is also forbidden.
 UWC Atlantic College exercises an amnesty policy in the belief that the health and safety of every student is of the utmost importance. The College recognises that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that prohibited conduct under the Code of Conduct occurs may be hesitant to report incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The College strongly encourages students to report such prohibited conduct. A student bystander or complainant acting in good faith who discloses any incident of prohibited conduct shall not be subject to action under the College’s Code of Conduct for violation of alcohol and/or drug use occurring at or near the time of the prohibited conduct. While no disciplinary action will be taken, the College reserves the right to take steps necessary to address health and safety concerns for the individual and the community, as well as the right to report truthfully to the authorities (adapted from Cornell University’s Title IX amnesty policy).