What should I do if I see someone breaking current Covid-19 restrictions?

Guidance for students on what action to take if you see somebody breaking Covid-19 restrictions.

Where people are breaking the rules, we will seek to engage, explain and encourage them to adhere to the restrictions. However, enforcement action will be taken where appropriate.

We want to work with our student community to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and to ensure that government guidance on local restrictions in place Newcastle are adhered to. So far, the behaviour and adherence to local restrictions by our student community has been excellent.

All students on registration must sign their Student Declaration, confirming their agreement to follow reasonable measures implemented by the University in 2020/21 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Failure to follow these measures could lead to disciplinary action by the University. The penalty for not following government guidelines could result in a significant fine. Any students found not to be following the relevant safety guidelines will also be subject to our student disciplinary procedures and could face sanctions from written cautions to suspension or even expulsion from the University.

We have worked hard to apply safety measures on campus and in our student accommodation. We have 24/7 security staff present across campus including in our University-owned accommodation. We also have Covid-19 marshals present across campus to provide advice and support. If you notice behaviour on campus, including in student accommodation that does not adhere to local restrictions, this can be reported directly to our 24/7 security team by calling 0191 208 6817 or via the Help Points located at each residence.

In emergency situations, students can report directly to Northumbria Police. To do so, where possible, people are asked to use the reporting tool on the force’s website www.northumbria.police.uk. Alternatively, you can call 101. The police will assess the circumstances to determine the appropriate action. The University, together with your Students’ Union, are here to support you and guide you.

Report : tell us that you are self-isolating through the Covid-19 reporting form, so that we can support you.

Urgent help: If you have an urgent need that cannot wait until the next working day you should call Security on 0191 208 6817 (available 24/7).

Covid support: If you have a Covid-19 related enquiry, you can contact us by email covidsupport@ncl.ac.uk or the Covid Enquiry Line on 0191 222 5101 

Covid Enquiry Line operating hours:

  • 9am - 5pm - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays
  • 10am - 5pm - Wednesdays


Last updated: 29.03.2021