The Union of Jewish Students (UJS) is committed to running safe, inclusive and responsible activities. UJS members, event participants and representatives are expected to proudly and passionately embody UJS values of representation; peer leadership; cross-communalism; and Israel engagement. UJS does not seek to curtail freedom of expression or limit personal political views, even when these are contrary to set UJS policy as decided by the majority of our membership. Nevertheless, UJS members are expected to act with respect and consideration for all members and everyone else involved in the union.
This Code of Conduct sets out the guidelines of behaviour that is expected from all participants in UJS events, programmes and activities.
1. Application of this Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct automatically applies to all members of UJS, as defined by Article 4 of the Constitution. Non-members of UJS who attend UJS events are also required to abide by the Code of Conduct.
This Code of Conduct applies to attendees at all events run by the Union of Jewish Students and any of its affiliated Jewish Societies (J-Socs.)
2. Conduct of Members
Members of UJS and non-member attendees of UJS events shall conduct themselves in a manner which is deemed to be acceptable at any and all times that they are participating in any UJS activity, using UJS-owned or rented property, or otherwise recognisable as a representative of UJS.
Behaviour which is deemed to be unacceptable includes but is not limited to behaviour which is physically or emotionally abusive, offensive, defamatory, distressing, aggressive, threatening, coercive or intimidating, either in person or on social media. Illegal activities, including the use of illegal drugs, also falls under this category.
Any member or non-member attendee who fails to act reasonably after consuming alcohol, whether provided by UJS or otherwise, shall be deemed to have contravened the Code of Conduct. Failure to act reasonably includes but is not limited to the behaviour deemed unacceptable above.
Any Member of UJS or non-member attendee who fails to comply with the provisions of this Code of Conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to being asked to leave an event (at the individual’s own cost) or suspension or withdrawal of Membership where applicable, in accordance with the provisions of Article 3 of the Constitution.
If a Member fails to act in accordance with the Code of Conduct and their Membership is withdrawn by the Sabbatical Team, they have the right to appeal to a panel of three trustees nominated by the Chair of the trustee board, in accordance with the provisions of Article 3 of the Constitution.
3. Compliance with Health and Safety Procedures
When participating in a UJS programme, members and non-member attendees shall comply with all requirements, regulations or conditions relating to health and safety and the reporting of incidents which may be applicable, including all requirements, regulations or conditions applied by UJS or facilities/venues where UJS events are taking place. Members and non-member attendees shall also follow the instructions of the UJS team and/or the staff of external facilities where health and safety is concerned.
4. Other matters
Any matters not specifically covered by this Code of Conduct shall be referred to the President of UJS who shall make a ruling, and if the President is unable to make a ruling the matter will be referred by them to the National Council, whose majority decision shall be final.
Nothing in this Code of Conduct shall conflict with the Articles of Governance, Byelaws or Constitution of UJS. Nothing in the Constitution or Code of Conduct of any J-Soc shall conflict with this Code of Conduct.