Equality and Diversity Policy for Students

1. General Statement

1.1 The University of Sheffield is committed to the elimination of unlawful discrimination, to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to fostering good relations, for students and prospective students, in all its functions:

  • Access and recruitment
  • Admissions and retention
  • Assessments and progression
  • Provision of student services and related facilities
  • Teaching, learning, examining, curriculum development and quality assurance
  • Community links and partnerships

1.2 The aim of the policy is to ensure that all students and prospective students are treated equally, irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, marital (including civil partnerships) or parental status, pregnancy, age, disability, religion and belief or socio-economic class or spent criminal convictions.

1.3 The University’s Equality and Diversity Policy relating to students is augmented by specific policies on personal harassment and the support of students with disabilities.
The Equality and Diversity Policy relating to students reflects and complements the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy and Code of Practice for Staff.
The Equality and Diversity Policy operates within the context of relevant equalities legislation.

2. Statement of Commitment

2.1 Students will:

• Respect the University’s Equality and Diversity Policy and practices in their dealings with members of the University community.
• Behave in a way which reflects and appreciates the diversity of the University community.

The University is committed to a continuing programme of action to make these policies effective. Breaches of this policy by students or staff will be fairly investigated and appropriate action will be taken.

All disciplinary procedures will be fair, consistent and monitored.

2.2 Complaints, Disciplinary and Appeals procedure

Any student who alleges that he or she has been the subject of discrimination or harassment has recourse to the University’s harassment or complaints procedures for students. Advice may be obtained from Student Services.

2.3 Monitoring, Assessment and Review

The University will monitor, assess and review the effectiveness of the Equality and Diversity Policy and the impact of all other relevant policies and practices on students. The University Council will approve any revisions to the policy.

All the University’s functions relating to student equality and diversity will continue to be monitored and reviewed. This work is overseen by the Equality and Diversity Board.

Pending approval by University Council