City's Equal Opportunities Statement
City, University of London, in conformity with its Charter, confirms its commitment to equal opportunities in all its activities. It is intended that all students should receive equal treatment irrespective of political belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or social background.
Code of Practice
City has established the following Code of Practice:
- Admissions Criteria
- Opportunities for People with Disabilities
- Admissions Procedures
- Assessment Procedures
- Monitoring Assessment
- Curriculum and Teaching
- Student Support Services and Residential Accommodation
- Complaints Procedure
- Disciplinary Procedures
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City must not discriminate against an applicant on any of the following grounds: political belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or social background.
Opportunities for People with Disabilities
City positively welcomes applications from people with disabilities and long-term medical conditions. City has a comprehensive Policy and Code of Practice to promote opportunities for people with disabilities. Consistent with this Policy, applicants with disabilities are judged on the same academic grounds as other applicants. Discussions concerned with individual needs that relate to disability are separated from consideration of academic suitability. City will seek to meet individual needs wherever possible. However, City reserves the right not to admit an individual whose disability requires a degree of support that is not available and/or where the individual's health and safety would be put at undue risk.
Applications to undergraduate degree courses are made through UCAS. Candidates must satisfy the City's general entrance requirement, and any course-specific requirements, which are set out in the undergraduate prospectus. Applications to postgraduate courses are made direct to the department concerned. Details of course entry requirements are specified in the postgraduate prospectus. In the case of both undergraduate and postgraduate courses, decisions are made by the admissions tutor for the course, within an agreed departmental admissions policy that is regularly reviewed. Applications to short courses are made direct to the department concerned. Entry requirements are set out in the relevant course brochure.
Senate Course Review Committee monitors admissions policy and admissions criteria for all award-bearing courses as part of its five-year course review process. Senate Research Degrees Committee has the same responsibility in relation to all research students. Matters relating to short courses are the responsibility of the relevant board of studies, except where they are credit bearing, in which case they are subject to monitoring by Senate Courses Committee. City annually monitors undergraduate admissions data prepared by UCAS. City's Disability Officer and Disability Committee are responsible for monitoring matters relating to disabled students.
Candidates' work shall be assessed on the basis outlined in each course scheme and in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Statement; examiners must ensure that there is no discrimination between candidates on the grounds of any irrelevant distinctions.
A system of anonymous marking operates for all invigilated examinations. The Board of Examiners considers named candidates to ensure that all relevant circumstances are taken into consideration when determining the outcome of the assessment process. Special arrangements for students with disabilities are made when appropriate and should be requested when the normal assessment arrangements for the course would disadvantage a student because of his/her particular physical, sensory or medical condition and/or learning difficulty. The purpose of any special arrangement is to enable the student to demonstrate his/her knowledge and competence in the subject notwithstanding his/her disability. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the student may be asked to supply supporting evidence. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the making of special arrangements. Such arrangements are monitored by the City's Examination Officer.
Boards of Examiners and Boards of Studies are responsible for monitoring the assessment process for each course. Research Degrees Committee and Course Review Committee monitor respectively the outcomes of the assessment process for research students and taught-course students.
Curriculum and Teaching
Teaching and the curriculum shall be in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Statement. Both are monitored by Boards of Studies and Courses Committee.
Student Support Services and Residential Accommodation
City provides a range of welfare and non-academic support services for the benefit of students. These support services are managed in accordance with the Equal Opportunities Statement. City is committed to helping students with disabilities and long-term medical conditions in making their accommodation arrangements. There is a limited amount of accommodation for students with disabilities provided in halls of residence and City-managed flats. This accommodation may be offered subject to its suitability and availability. We reserve the right not to admit to its services and facilities an individual whose disability requires a degree of support that is not available and/or whose health and safety would be put at undue risk. Matters concerning Equal Opportunities should be referred to the Director of Student and Support Services.
City will use its best endeavours to ensure the use of non-discriminatory language in publicity material, internal documents and teaching materials.
The Equal Opportunities Statement and the complaints procedure set out below shall appear in all recruitment brochures and prospectuses. The Policy Statement and Code of Practice shall be issued to all existing and new staff and students of the University.
Complaints from any student or applicant to a course who believes that he or she has not been treated in accordance with the City's Equal Opportunities Policy or with this Code of Practice shall be made in writing to the Academic Registrar within three months of the event giving rise to the complaint. The Academic Registrar shall deal promptly with all such complaints. His determination on the matter shall be final as far as our internal complaints procedures are concerned. The Academic Registrar shall make an annual report to Senate on complaints arising under this Code of Practice.
Appeals procedures are set out in the Regulations for PhD and MPhil students and in the University Examination Regulations for students on undergraduate and taught Master's courses. Complaints of bias in examination marking are dealt with under the Verification Procedures laid down by Senate.
City requires all students and staff to conform to the letter and spirit of these guidelines. Any breach is liable to be dealt with under the relevant disciplinary procedure.
Guidelines for Dealing with Sexual and Racial Harassment
City is committed to maintaining a working environment that is free of unlawful discrimination. A booklet setting out guidelines on dealing with sexual and racial harassment is published separately. Copies may be obtained from the Registry. The booklet contains a list of trained advisers and counsellors from whom advice and support can be obtained.
If you feel you are being subjected to sexual or racial harassment, do not feel it is your fault or that you have to tolerate it.
If you feel able to, you should make it clear to the person causing the offence that their behaviour is unacceptable to you.
If you feel unable or do not wish to do this, or if the behaviour persists, you may seek a confidential meeting with a member of Personnel or any of the staff identified in the Guidelines for dealing with sexual and racial harassment booklet. They will be able to advise you on what action you may take, and where help and support are available. Further formal action involving you will not be taken without your express permission. You will appreciate, however, that there may be exceptional circumstances where City would consider it appropriate to pursue the matter further. In such cases due discretion will be exercised and anonymity preserved if possible.
It is important to keep a note of the details of any relevant incidents, including witnesses. If you wish to pursue a complaint, you may, either directly or through one of the staff identified in the booklet, or through a chosen intermediary, notify the supervisor, head of department or other member of management in your department. The complaint will be investigated with the confidential advice of a trained adviser. The investigation will involve informing the alleged harasser of the complaint and allowing the opportunity to state his/her case. Any complaint should be pursued as close to the alleged incident or behaviour as possible.
If the complaint cannot be resolved informally, or if you consider that an informal approach is not appropriate, you may make a formal complaint under the disciplinary procedures for student members of City if the alleged harasser is a student. This requires a written report of the complaint to be made to the Academic Registrar. The report may be made by you, or if you wish, by your chosen representative. If the alleged harasser is a member of staff, you may make a formal complaint to the head of department, the dean or the Academic Registrar, who will decide what action is appropriate.