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    College Policies

    White Book

    The ‘White Book’ of Regulations and General Information is intended for all members of the College who are undergraduate students and postgraduate students working for degrees, certificates, and diplomas.

    The ‘White Book’ is divided into three parts: the first section contains information about the academic, tutorial and welfare arrangements in College, and College policies; the second section contains information about College facilities the third section sets out the College’s formal Code of Discipline. All students are expected to be familiar with the contents of the ‘White Book’.

    Dignity, Respect and Inclusion

    Trinity College is committed to protecting the dignity of students, Fellows and staff as members of its community in their work, their study, and their interactions with each other, and to protect the dignity of all those who visit or interact with the College. The College recognises its duties of care to students, to Fellows and to staff. The College is committed to maintaining a learning, living, and working environment in which the rights and dignity of all members of the College community are respected.

    Equality and Diversity

    Through its policy and practice, Trinity College aims to ensure that the election, appointment, admission, progression, dismissal or exclusion of every member and employee of the College is determined by personal merit, conduct and performance, criteria related to the duties and conditions of the post and the needs and obligations of the College. The College is committed to promoting equality and to encouraging, supporting and helping all students and staff to reach their full potential.

    Mental health statement

    The College acknowledges that studying and researching at Cambridge is demanding, particularly for those with pre-existing mental health or physical health conditions. The College is proud of the investment it makes in the provision of support and help through the College tutorial, pastoral, and welfare system. We strongly encourage students who have health concerns or encounter difficulties to access the support provided by the College welfare team.

    Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

    The College will take very seriously any allegation of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct. The College acknowledges the distress, anxiety, hesitation, and concerns students may feel in deciding to report sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.
    Students may find it helpful to consult the University’s Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor. Tutors, the College nurse, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisor, the Fellow for Trinity Women, and the chaplains are all available to support the students throughout this process.
    Complaints will normally be handled by the University’s Office of Student Conduct, Complaint and Appeals (OSCCA) in accordance with the University’s Procedure on Student Harassment and Sexual Misconduct. If, however, a student decides not to go down this route, preferring the matter to be dealt with by the College, the College’s Code of Practice on Complaints will apply.
    (see also ‘Harassment’ and ‘Sexual Misconduct’ in the White Book)

     Policies on Personal Relationships

    Policy on Fitness to Study

    The College has a series of procedures that can be applied if there is any question as to the fitness of a student to proceed with their studies. There are a variety of circumstances when this may be activated. Sometimes fitness will be a matter of physical state (for instance some protracted or severe illness). It could be the mental or social state of the student, or it might relate to circumstances arising in the student’s family or surroundings that could have a significant impact on their ability to study effectively. Cases may be raised directly by a student, by their friends, by a supervisor, Director of Studies or Tutor or be relayed from elsewhere in the University.

    Disciplinary procedures for Junior Members

    This procedure enables the College to consider whether a Junior member has breached the standards of behaviour set out in the Code of Discipline and if so, to impose proportionate sanctions.

    Code of Practice for Student Complaints

    The College’s Code of Practice for student complaints is available to download:

    The Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education has a website which contains information and contact details.

    Accommodation Handbook

    Information on all matters concerning accommodation can be found in the handbook below.

    College Statutes

    The new College Statutes (passed by the Governing Body in 2018 and now approved by the Queen in Council) are available here in PDF format.

    For individual amended Statutes approved by Order in Council 22 May 2019 see below:

    For individual amended Statutes approved by Order in Council, 8 July 2009 see below:

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