Terms & conditions

Student Code of Conduct

Last updated: 16/12/2022

Whilst studying at UKSA it is vital that students maintain high standards of personal conduct.

These standards are not just UKSA standards; they are professional standards by which you will be expected to abide within the global marine industry. The way you conduct yourself both on and off site is a direct reflection of yourself and UKSA. We expect our students to comply with UK legislation and with UKSA’s safeguarding and other associated policies.

The contract below is very similar to what you would be expected to adhere to in the Maritime Industry. During your course at UKSA, we do not want to have cause to implement disciplinary measures as referenced in the Student Disciplinary Policy.

1. Act of Gross Misconduct

An act of gross misconduct may result in immediate expulsion from UKSA. Examples include:

  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Serious breach or negligence of UKSA Health and Safety standards and regulations
  • Physical violence or using threatening or intimidating behaviour
  • Harassment or victimisation on the grounds of race, religion, colour, sex, age, national origin, disability or sexual orientation or any other grounds outlined in the Equality Act 2010
  • Behaviour which may bring UKSA into disrepute or behaviour that causes deliberate and serious damage to property
  • Illegal use of substances
  • Improper behaviour with a minor
  • Cheating in tests or exams
  • This list is not exhaustive or exclusive

2. Zero Tolerance

Acts of Zero tolerance will result in immediate expulsion from UKSA. Examples include:

  1. Drugs

UKSA will not tolerate any individuals found to be using drugs. Drugs have no place in the Maritime Industry and UKSA is no exception. If you are caught in the possession of drugs or are believed to be associated with them during your stay at UKSA, you may be expelled from the UKSA immediately.

  1. Alcohol

Due to the nature of the course and the environment, excessive drinking can lead to serious fatigue, illness and will likely affect your performance ashore and afloat.

For your own safety and the safety of others you will not be allowed to go afloat or attend classroom-based lessons if you are deemed unfit by an instructor. If teaching content is missed it is your responsibility to catch up on what has been missed. UKSA holds no responsibility for any injury incurred using alcohol in a student’s free time.

Under 16’s are not permitted in UKSA Bar without a responsible supervising adult, and under 18’s will not be served alcohol.

  1. Fighting/ Physical Violence

The Maritime industry involves living and working with people in close proximity and there is no place for aggressive, threatening or intimidating behaviour. Such behaviour will result in expulsion from UKSA.

  1. Bullying, Victimisation and Harassment

UKSA will challenge bullying in all its forms and take quick clear and decisive action to protect students. Where appropriate UKSA will take disciplinary action against those who are found to have bullied others.

  1. Sexual Assault

and/or improper behavior with a minor including taking Under18’s to another room will result in expulsion from UKSA and information may be passed to police.

  1. Damage to UKSA equipment

Whilst at UKSA you are responsible for treating all equipment and property with due care and attention. You will be briefed by the staff on how you should handle the equipment both on and off the water. Accidents and breakages do happen, however, if it is believed that the damage was due to negligence or violation then you may be charged for the repair or replacement and be subject to the Student Disciplinary Policy PT-002.

3. Accommodation

Whilst a resident at UKSA you are required to abide by the following:

  • As part of our continued Safeguarding measures, we would like to remind all students that the only available showers (outside of their allocated accommodation showers) are positioned in the dedicated Adult Shower Blocks, which are located behind the Main Building.
  • Under 18s only must use the dedicated Under 18 Showers at the back of the shower block.
  • Under NO circumstances must students use any other shower block or enter any other accommodation block.
  • Always keep your accommodation in a clean and tidy condition
  • Abide by the no-smoking rule (this includes leaning out of windows). You are not permitted to smoke inside any of the accommodation blocks at any time. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.
    Strip your bed linen on changeover and departures days (duvet covers, bottom sheet and pillowcase NOT mattress or pillow protectors)
  • Change your bed linen on a regular basis (linen days are advertised in each accommodation area, leave dirty linen in a neat pile by the door) and re-make your bed with the fresh linen left for you.
  • Be packed and ready to leave accommodation to go afloat or to alternative UKSA accommodation, at the time given by UKSA staff. Unwanted kit or gear needs to be placed in the appropriate store and not left in your room. (UKSA reserves the right to change the terms of the accommodation provided).
  • Please do not leave wet clothes (recreational or otherwise) in your room
  • Put any extra recreational kit or gear in the appropriate stores provided (bikes, windsurfing/surf boards)
  • Store clothes in the drawers and cupboards provided
  • Not to have perishable foods in the room (e.g. fruit, milk, yoghurts etc)
  • Respect other people’s property, space and privacy. This includes not going in other people’s rooms or using rooms for anything else than sleeping/studying.
  • Do not take outside guests into your accommodation without first obtaining permission and ensuring that the guest is accounted for and on the fire list. UKSA is happy to discuss any special requests you have.
  • Room keys should be returned to Reception when you are not using them or on departure.
  • There is always dedicated on site duty staff that students can approach if they have any issues day or night. They can be located at reception.
  • Careers and Education students under the age of 18 must also adhere to the Under 18’s Sign in procedure (PSG-002).
    Keep noise levels to an acceptable level at all times, any UKSA client causing excessive noise disturbance will be asked to seek alternative accommodation at their own expense.
  • Please when returning to UKSA late at night, keep activity and noise to a minimum.
  • Our local community is very important to us. Both students and staff have a responsibility to always show respect and courtesy.
  • UKSA is a strict ‘No Noise’ site after Midnight and any breach will not be tolerated.

UKSA will not hesitate to remove accommodation from those who cannot follow our rules.

4. Student Disciplinary Policy

We do not wish to resort to disciplinary measures, however if it is felt that your conduct is not acceptable, your course manager will raise the issues with you. If the matter is serious then it will be dealt with by the Head of Careers or another Senior Manager in their absence and may result in your expulsion from UKSA.

An act of misconduct will result in a written warning; after a second written warning the Management reserve the right to expel you from UKSA. Acts of gross misconduct may result in immediate expulsion from UKSA.

5. Bringing UKSA into Disrepute

UKSA has a good reputation in the local community and within the Maritime Industry. Any person who brings UKSA into disrepute may be asked to withdraw from UKSA.

6. Lanyards

Course/age specific UKSA lanyards are always to be worn when you are onsite. This is for your safety and security.