As representatives of ENSA and Edinburgh Napier University, we expect Society members to behave in a respectful manner, operating within the law and abiding by their Society constitution. This is largely common sense and we rarely have reports of Society members causing problems in the University or the broader community.
Should an incident occur in which a Society member is reported to ENSA as a result of their behaviour, there is a clearly outlined disciplinary procedure which ENSA will follow to investigate the incident. If a Society member is found to have contravened the standards of behaviour ENSA expects, they may face sanction. All members will have the right of appeal.
ENSA’s disciplinary procedures are outlined in full in the ENSA Constitution.
ENSA Society Disciplinary Procedures
Society Officer Holders and Society members may be disciplined if they behave in such a way as to cause injury, harm, distress, or damage to another person; vandalise, steal or otherwise damage property; or otherwise bring ENSA into disrepute while representing it or being associated with it and its functions, including while attending in a representative capacity as a delegate at a conference or as a trainee at an event run by a third party.
The following procedures are taken from Schedule 8 of the ENSA Constitution, and you can read this section in full on the ENSA website.
Specific behaviours which Society members might be disciplined for include:
- Causing nuisance, harm, injury or distress to other students and ENSA staff
- Bullying, harassing or threatening other students or ENSA staff
- Making malicious or defamatory comments or accusations about other students, elected sabbatical officers, or ENSA staff
- Theft, misappropriation of assets, such as funds and expenses, kit and equipment, vehicles and premises that are owned, rented or leased by ENSA
- Vandalism or wilful damage caused to assets that are owned, rented or leased by ENSA
- Causing damage while in an ENSA vehicle to a vehicle(s) and/or its passengers, property, or third parties and/or their vehicles by driving without due care and attention, or without authorisation to drive.
- Engaging in poor or unseemly conduct while wearing branded clothing or being with a group of people identifiable as ENSA members
- Lying or falsifying evidence to a disciplinary hearing
Society Office Holders may additionally be disciplined if they breach the ENSA Constitution, or ENSA protocols and procedures, criticise ENSA staff on a democratic platform or in a public forum, fail to declare gratuities or conflicts of interest, or engage in fraud or misappropriation of ENSA assets, expenses, or funds.
We would rather not find out about law breaking or poor behaviour from the local press, the police, or University representatives. If something happened at a Society event, come and tell us as soon as possible and we’ll work with you on mitigating damage and finding solutions.
We won’t hold the Committee responsible for individual members’ behaviour, unless a situation was specifically engineered to elicit this behaviour or the Committee could reasonably have prevented it happening.