It is an honor to participate in the long and proud tradition of sport at Durham University and to be selected to represent Team Durham. I understand that TD expects me to experience personal growth, academic achievement, and athletic success. I appreciate that membership of TD is a privilege, not a right.


With this membership, I acknowledge that, as a TD student-athlete, I also have significant responsibilities. I recognise that I am among the most visible students on campus and in the wider community, and that I am expected to behave as a respectful member of TD and in a manner that is consistent with the values of Durham University.  I acknowledge that being a member of TD means that I am a global ambassador for the university at all times and because TD student-athletes are held to high standards of conduct, I understand the need to exercise good judgment and conduct myself with honesty, integrity, and respect for others at all times.


What are the aims of this Code of Conduct?

·       To protect TD members.

·       To protect others potentially affected by TD members’ actions.

·       Ensure the highest possible standards of fairness, honesty, and behaviour.

·       Reduce the risk of harm, injury, harassment and nuisance to members and the wider community.

·       Create an inclusive student environment.

·       Detail the actions that will be taken should the Code of Conduct be breached.


Code of Conduct:

By reading this document, I agree to conduct myself in accordance with all policies of Durham University (here), the rules and regulations of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) (here) and my sporting national governing body (NGB). I also agree as follows:


The University Community: I will be a responsible and engaged member of the University
community. I will strive to represent my team on and off the field, and show respect for all members of the University and the broader community. I will lead by example. I will remember that both my own and my team’s reputations are at stake when I am participating in BUCS and NGB competitions, attending lectures, and socialising with friends.


Academic Standing: I will assume full responsibility for my academic progress and
achievement. I will make every effort to stay in good academic standing at the University. I will attend all my lectures unless excused for team travel and competition or some other legitimate reason.


Travel as a Durham University Ambassador: When traveling for competitions or training as a
representative of both Durham University and my team, I will behave responsibly and portray a positive image of Durham University at all times.


Social Media: I will not author, forward, or post vulgar or offensive notes, texts, photographs, or other content that reflect negatively on me, my team, other individuals, or the University, or that conflict with the spirit or intent of this Team Durham Code or the Code. Whenever possible, I will discourage others from posting text or photographs that could be deemed unflattering or damaging to my, or others’, reputation, or the reputations of the team or the University.






UK Anti Doping (UKAD): Durham University is working with UKAD to become a Clean Sport University. As such, I will not use or distribute banned substances, including illegal and “performance enhancing drugs,” or take prescription drugs unless they have been prescribed for me by a medical professional. I also undertake to attend my clubs UKAD awareness training and bring to light with TD staff any failed drugs test.


Sexual Violence and Misconduct: I will not initiate or engage in nonconsensual sexual contact or sexual harassment, and I acknowledge that all forms of harassment and non-consensual sexual contact are prohibited both by law and Durham University rules.  I agree to undertake the Sexual Violence and Misconduct course found here as part of my personal growth.


Initiations: I will not participate in initiations* of any sort. I acknowledge that such acts, either in connection with membership on a TD team, participation in an informal or formal team activity, or for any other reason, are strictly prohibited. I will refrain from any act, whether physical, mental, emotional, or psychological, that subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass, or intimidate another person. Such acts may include, but are not limited to: forcing, requiring, or pressuring others to consume alcohol or any other substance; forcing, requiring, or pressuring others to involuntarily perform physical activities, or pressuring others to take part in an illegal or indecent activity; or physically abusing others in any way.


*The definition of an initiation is an event in which members (often new members) of the club are expected to perform any activity as a means of gaining credibility, status or entry within a club. This pressure is often (although not explicitly) exerted upon first year students and may involve the consumption of alcohol, eating concoctions of various food stuffs and performing dangerous, illegal or humiliating acts.


Remaining Informed of Durham University and Durham SU Policies: I am responsible for my own behavior and for reading, understanding, and abiding by the policies that apply to me.

I understand that failure to conduct myself responsibly, as stated and implied by the conditions in this Team Durham Student-Athlete Code of Conduct, may result in sanctions, up to and including suspension or dismissal from the team, loss of any Team Durham or Durham University scholarship, and suspension or expulsion from Durham University.







What happens if there is a breach of the Code of Conduct?

If Team Durham or Durham University receives information that indicates an activity of a TD individual, team or club may be in breach of this Code of Conduct, the Team Durham Disciplinary Procedure will be enacted (see Appendix 1)


Examples of punitive sanctions that will be considered as a result of a disciplinary hearing:

a) A club fine of £1000 or individual fines

b) Removal of individuals from the relevant club

c) Removal of teams from BUCS and all other competitions

d) Community / charitable work

e) Removal of clubs from BUCS and all other competitions

f) Criminal prosecution of relevant individuals

g) A combination of any of the above

Should an incident occur towards or at the end of the competitive season; the penalties may be applied for the following season.