Durham students paid £4,288 worth in fines to colleges, and served a total of 531 hours of community service, after serious or repeat breaches of Covid-19 regulations last term.
A further £6,300 of suspended fines were issued. 10 students were excluded “for set periods of time”, with another six facing “action restricting their access to the Wider Student Experience”.
As of 20th December, the University’s Community Response Team (CRT), which patrols Durham every day in term time between 8.30 p.m. and 4.30 a.m., had visited properties 75 times.
The University reported that the CRT had received “positive responses from students” around three quarters of the time while on patrol.
Students saw 432 warnings issued to Colleges for low-level breaches. 186 “amber warnings” for more serious breaches were issued.
Jeremy Cook, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Colleges and Student Experience) at Durham University, said: “The vast majority of students have continued to respond to Covid-19 restrictions as responsible citizens.
“However, where behaviour falls below the standard we would expect, we have clearly outlined to students, staff and the wider community that we will take swift and decisive action.
“We have introduced the Managing Covid-19 Breaches Procedure, which uses a graded ‘yellow, amber, red’ response system in line with our NonAcademic Misconduct Procedure.
Fines of between £100 and £500 have been made available to Colleges as sanctions for breaches
“We have monitored all sanctions issued across all the Colleges for breaches both in College and out in the wider community throughout Term 1 and this will continue.
“Funds collected through fines are used to benefit good causes as determined by individual Colleges.”
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